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Broomy Knowes, cairn south of

A Scheduled Monument in Linlithgow, West Lothian

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Latitude: 55.9465 / 55°56'47"N

Longitude: -3.5736 / 3°34'24"W

OS Eastings: 301821

OS Northings: 673721

OS Grid: NT018737

Mapcode National: GBR 1T.Y748

Mapcode Global: WH5R9.2SKQ

Entry Name: Broomy Knowes, cairn S of

Scheduled Date: 19 June 1995

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6208

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Linlithgow

County: West Lothian

Electoral Ward: Linlithgow

Traditional County: West Lothian


The monument comprises the remains of a burial cairn of Later Neolithic or Bronze Age date, surviving as a grassed-over, stony mound.

The cairn lies slightly to the S of one of the unnamed summits of the Riccarton Hills at around 250m OD. It survives as a grassy mound some 11.5m in diameter with several large stones clearly visible on the surface. Several of these appear to represent kerbstones in their original positions while others are slightly displaced.

The area to be scheduled encompasses the cairn and an area around it in which traces of associated ritual activity may be expected to survive. It is circular with a diameter of 30m 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 Later Neolithic and Bronze Age funerary practice. The area around the cairn may also be expected to contain evidence relating to contemporary and later ritual practice.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 07 SW 4.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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