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Grange of Airlie,enclosure and cairn 700m SSW of Faulds Cottage

A Scheduled Monument in Kirriemuir and Dean, Angus

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Latitude: 56.6387 / 56°38'19"N

Longitude: -3.1292 / 3°7'45"W

OS Eastings: 330835

OS Northings: 750222

OS Grid: NO308502

Mapcode National: GBR VF.MWJW

Mapcode Global: WH6PB.XD1K

Entry Name: Grange of Airlie,enclosure and cairn 700m SSW of Faulds Cottage

Scheduled Date: 9 January 1996

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6307

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: enclosure (domestic or defensive); Prehistoric ritual and funera

Location: Airlie

County: Angus

Electoral Ward: Kirriemuir and Dean

Traditional County: Angus


The monument comprises the remains of a stony cairn and an enclosed settlement represented by cropmarks visible on oblique aerial photographs. Both are of prehistoric date.

The monument lies at around 100m OD on locally high ground commanding extensive views over Strathmore. The cairn measures some 25m N-S by 20m E-W and has been partly obscured by field clearance material. Adjacent to the NW is a sub-circular enclosed settlement approximately 50m in diameter of which the W and N arcs are visible. It is defined by a narrow ditch, possibly a palisade. This enclosure is likely to be particularly well preserved where ploughsoil has accumulated over it N of the field boundary that bisects the site.

The cairn is likely to be of Bronze Age date although a later date cannot be ruled out. The enclosed settlement is likely to be of later prehistoric date. The area to be scheduled encompasses the visible remains and an area around them in which traces of associated activity may be expected to survive. It is irregular in shape with maximum dimensions of 140m NW-SE by 110m 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 funerary practices, settlement and economy. The functional and chronological relationships between the two features, of types seldom found in association, makes the site of particular significance.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 35 SW 64 and 53.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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