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Loquhariot,fort 500m south west of

A Scheduled Monument in Midlothian South, Midlothian

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Latitude: 55.8327 / 55°49'57"N

Longitude: -3.0123 / 3°0'44"W

OS Eastings: 336690

OS Northings: 660405

OS Grid: NT366604

Mapcode National: GBR 70DZ.NZ

Mapcode Global: WH7VD.PNSF

Entry Name: Loquhariot,fort 500m SW of

Scheduled Date: 17 November 1995

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6260

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Borthwick

County: Midlothian

Electoral Ward: Midlothian South

Traditional County: Midlothian


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

The monument lies on arable land at around 210m OD. Two concentric ditches, each some 6m wide and some 20m apart, forming the NE part of a circular or oval fort are visible under crop.

The field to the S may be expected to contain further remains although crop conditions were not suitable for the production of cropmarks when the existing photographs were taken. The W part of the fort has been destroyed by a former quarry.

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 140m NNW-SSE by 90m 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 contribute to our understanding of prehistoric settlement and economy. The ditches may be expected to contain important archaeological material relating to the economy and environment of the site, while the interior may contain the remains of associated domestic buildings.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 36 SE 14.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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