Ancient Monuments

History on the Ground

This site is entirely user-supported. See how you can help.

Fordel Mains,fort 350m south west of

A Scheduled Monument in Midlothian East, Midlothian

We don't have any photos of this monument yet. Why don't you be the first to send us one?

Upload Photo »

Approximate Location Map
Large Map »

If Google Street View is available, the image is from the best available vantage point looking, if possible, towards the location of the monument. Where it is not available, the satellite view is shown instead.


Latitude: 55.8866 / 55°53'11"N

Longitude: -3.0039 / 3°0'14"W

OS Eastings: 337303

OS Northings: 666392

OS Grid: NT373663

Mapcode National: GBR 70GC.GN

Mapcode Global: WH7V6.T9RM

Entry Name: Fordel Mains,fort 350m SW of

Scheduled Date: 2 November 1995

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6268

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Newbattle

County: Midlothian

Electoral Ward: Midlothian East

Traditional County: Midlothian


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

The monument lies on a prominent ridge in arable farmland at around 190m OD. It comprises a multivallate, sub-circular enclosure with a diameter of approximately 170m with a possible entrance in the SE marked by slightly inturned ditch terminals. Two ditches are visible around the entire site with the arc of a third, inner ditch intermittently visible.

Inside the NE area of the fort is a sub-rectangular ditched enclosure of about 25m NW-SE by 30m NE-SW. An internal subdivision inside its NW corner defines an area some 15m square. The site appears to represent a later prehistoric fort of some complexity and chronological depth, since the internal structure overlaps with elements of the defences.

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 maximum diameter of 210m as shown 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 defensive settlement and economy. The site may be expected to contain material relating to rampart construction and contemporary environment and economy while the interior may be expected to provide information relating to prehistoric domestic organisation.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 36 NE 21.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Other nearby scheduled monuments is an independent online resource and is not associated with any government department. All government data published here is used under licence. Please do not contact for any queries related to any individual ancient or schedued monument, planning permission related to scheduled monuments or the scheduling process itself. is a Good Stuff website.