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Mains of Brigton,enclosure 500m north of

A Scheduled Monument in Forfar and District, Angus

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Latitude: 56.6275 / 56°37'39"N

Longitude: -2.9336 / 2°56'0"W

OS Eastings: 342818

OS Northings: 748796

OS Grid: NO428487

Mapcode National: GBR VL.KDK1

Mapcode Global: WH7QK.XP74

Entry Name: Mains of Brigton,enclosure 500m N of

Scheduled Date: 28 June 1994

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6047

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Kinnettles

County: Angus

Electoral Ward: Forfar and District

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 along a low ridge in undulating arable farmland at around 80m OD. The ridge appears formerly to have been at least partially enclosed by an earthwork which can be traced on the available photographs by the presence of a curving ditch across the NW-facing approach. This ditch is some 3m-4m wide and is visible for a length of some 70m. It has a well-defined central entrance some 3m-

4m wide.

The remainder of the circuit, if it formed a full enclosure, cannot be traced because of the background geological cropmarking on the lower ground, off the summit of the ridge. There are very slight indications of a possible outer ditch and some diffuse internal cropmarks which suggest the presence of 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 sub-rectangular with maximum dimensions of 190m NE-SW by 95m 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 add to our understanding of prehistoric defensive settlement. The ditch may be expected to contain evidence relating to the contemporary environment and economy of the site while the interior may be expected to contain the remains of contemporary domestic buildings.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 44 NW 37.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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