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Whitelaw Hill,enclosure

A Scheduled Monument in Haddington and Lammermuir, East Lothian

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Latitude: 55.9353 / 55°56'6"N

Longitude: -2.6867 / 2°41'12"W

OS Eastings: 357194

OS Northings: 671569

OS Grid: NT571715

Mapcode National: GBR 2W.Z2B9

Mapcode Global: WH7V5.P2SS

Entry Name: Whitelaw Hill,enclosure

Scheduled Date: 20 June 1994

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6045

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Whittingehame

County: East Lothian

Electoral Ward: Haddington and Lammermuir

Traditional County: East Lothian


The monument comprises the remains of an enclosed settlement of prehistoric date represented by cropmarks visible on oblique aerial photographs.

The monument occupies the summit of Whitelaw Hill at around 170m OD and commands extensive views across the surrounding area. The enclosure is circular with an approximate overall diameter of 100-120m. It is defined by a single ditch some 3-4m wide. There are clear entrances in the NW and SW arcs of the circuit and further possible entrances on the NE and SE.

A dark but diffuse cropmark in the SW part of the enclosure appears to represent the remains of an internal structure related to the occupation of the enclosure. A dark band

along the inside of the E arc of the ditch may represent additional occupation remains in this part of the enclosure.

The enclosure forms part of a wider landscape of prehistoric settlement in this area which appears to be focussed on Traprain Law. The Law itself dominates the surrounding countryside and is clearly visible from the enclosure.

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 circular with a diameter of 210m 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. Its significance is greatly enhanced by its association with the wider landscape of prehistoric settlement in this part of East Lothian.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 57 SE 17.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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