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Cookston Farm, enclosure 100m west of

A Scheduled Monument in Kirriemuir and Dean, Angus

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Latitude: 56.6199 / 56°37'11"N

Longitude: -3.0784 / 3°4'42"W

OS Eastings: 333921

OS Northings: 748079

OS Grid: NO339480

Mapcode National: GBR VG.WWCD

Mapcode Global: WH6PC.PV9Z

Entry Name: Cookston Farm, enclosure 100m W of

Scheduled Date: 20 December 1995

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6281

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: enclosure (domestic or defensive)

Location: Airlie

County: Angus

Electoral Ward: Kirriemuir and Dean

Traditional County: Angus


The monument comprises the remains of an enclosed settlement of prehistoric date represented by cropmarks visible on oblique aerial photographs.

The monument lies on gently sloping ground, overlooking a break in slope to the SW, in arable farmland at around 50m OD. It comprises a sub-circular enclosure some 40m in diameter within a ditch of highly variable width up to a maximum of around 5m. It has an entrance on the ENE on either side of which the ditch narrows markedly. Darker patches inside the enclosure may indicate the remains of former domestic structures.

The area to be scheduled encompasses the visible features and an area around them in which traces of associated activity may be expected to survive. It is a circle of diameter 80m, minus a chord on the SW side, as marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because of its potential to contribute to our understanding of prehistoric settlement and economy. The ditches of the enclosure may be expected to contain material relating to the prehistoric economy and environment of the site while internal features will provide information on domestic organisation.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 34 NW 16.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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