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Torrax, cairn 1150m WNW of

A Scheduled Monument in Kirriemuir and Dean, Angus

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Latitude: 56.6937 / 56°41'37"N

Longitude: -3.2073 / 3°12'26"W

OS Eastings: 326155

OS Northings: 756422

OS Grid: NO261564

Mapcode National: GBR VC.P8XD

Mapcode Global: WH6P3.P0XW

Entry Name: Torrax, cairn 1150m WNW of

Scheduled Date: 3 November 1999

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6844

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: cairn (type uncertain)

Location: Lintrathen

County: Angus

Electoral Ward: Kirriemuir and Dean

Traditional County: Angus


The monument comprises a burial cairn of prehistoric date, visible as a low grass and gorse covered mound.

The monument lies in rough pasture at around 250m OD. It comprises a mound measuring about 13m in diameter and standing to a height of about 0.7m. The cairn has been trenched on the E side, and 3 flat slabs, probably the remains of a central cist, lie exposed. Cairns of this type are burial monuments dating to the Neolithic and Bronze Age, and may be expected to contain at least one burial as well as material relating to their mode of construction and use.

The area proposed for scheduling comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related material may be expected to be found. It is circular with a diameter of 35m, as marked in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because of its potential to contribute to an understanding of prehistoric ritual and burial practices. It is of particular importance because of the presence of similar, broadly contemporary, monuments in the area.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 25 NE 1.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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