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Newbigging,enclosures,ring ditches and souterrain 300m south west of

A Scheduled Monument in Montrose and District, Angus

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Latitude: 56.7263 / 56°43'34"N

Longitude: -2.5031 / 2°30'11"W

OS Eastings: 369311

OS Northings: 759516

OS Grid: NO693595

Mapcode National: GBR X3.R9CH

Mapcode Global: WH8RJ.J68C

Entry Name: Newbigging,enclosures,ring ditches and souterrain 300m SW of

Scheduled Date: 10 October 1994

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6100

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Montrose

County: Angus

Electoral Ward: Montrose and District

Traditional County: Angus


The monument comprises the remains of an enclosure, a series of ring ditch houses and a souterrain of prehistoric date represented by cropmarks visible on oblique aerial photographs.

The monument lies on level ground some 200m N of the Montrose Basin at around 10m OD. Three ring ditch houses lie on the S part of the site, measuring between 12-16m in diameter, with a series of pits lying to the E of this group. To the N, across the modern road, are the remains of a sub-rectangular enclosure measuring approximately 50m E-W by 40m. To the SW of the enclosure are the remains of a curving souterrain.

This latter structure belongs to a type commonly interpreted as semi-subterranean grain storage buildings.

The features appear to form an area of prehistoric settlement comprising domestic buildings, enclosures and grain storage facilities. The monument lies in a landscape rich in the remains of prehistoric settlement and economic activity and close to the remains of a Roman Temporary Camp.

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 irregular in shape with maximum overall dimensions of 320m NW-SE by 190m and is divided into three parts by the modern road 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 settlement and economy. The importance of the site is enhanced by its association with the wider landscape of prehistoric settlement and Roman military activity in the area.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 65 NE 26, 27, 44, and 46.


RCAHMS (1978) Lunan Valley/ Montrose Basin List, No. 151 and 199.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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