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Abercorn,fort 450m south west of West Lodge

A Scheduled Monument in Linlithgow, West Lothian

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Latitude: 55.9898 / 55°59'23"N

Longitude: -3.4837 / 3°29'1"W

OS Eastings: 307541

OS Northings: 678422

OS Grid: NT075784

Mapcode National: GBR 1X.VPB4

Mapcode Global: WH5R4.GPBZ

Entry Name: Abercorn,fort 450m SW of West Lodge

Scheduled Date: 1 May 1995

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6185

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: fort (includes hill and promontory fort)

Location: Abercorn

County: West Lothian

Electoral Ward: Linlithgow

Traditional County: West Lothian


The monument comprises the remains of a bi-vallate fort of later prehistoric date represented by cropmarks visible on oblique aerial photographs.

The monument lies on a spur of locally high ground at around 50m OD, its NW side being formed by the slope down into Midhope Glen. Two concentric semi-circular ditches, each some 4m wide, are visible as cropmarks cutting off the spur from other directions of approach. The full extent of the ditches on the S and SW has been obscured by woodland. The area enclosed within the arc of the ditches measures

some 70m in diameter.

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 dimensions of 130m N-S by 100m 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 prehistoric settlement and economy. The ditches may also be expected to contain material relating to the contemporary environment and to the nature of the defences.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 07 NE 24.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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