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Rectilinear enclosure 80m south west of Kilronan

A Scheduled Monument in Dalkeith, Midlothian

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Latitude: 55.8998 / 55°53'59"N

Longitude: -3.0522 / 3°3'7"W

OS Eastings: 334307

OS Northings: 667913

OS Grid: NT343679

Mapcode National: GBR 7046.0X

Mapcode Global: WH7V0.2YVZ

Entry Name: Rectilinear enclosure 80m SW of Kilronan

Scheduled Date: 30 June 1995

Last Amended: 9 February 2022

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6203

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Dalkeith

County: Midlothian

Electoral Ward: Dalkeith

Traditional County: Midlothian


The monument comprises a rectilinear enclosure of Iron Age date (800BC – AD400). It is likely the remains of a settlement and appears as cropmarks on oblique on oblique aerial photographs. The monument is located on a terrace in an arable field at around 50m above sea level.

The enclosure is sub-rectangular with a 3m wide entrance in the centre of its northwest-facing side. The entrance is flanked by expanded ditch terminals. It measures 24m northwest-southeast by 18m northeast-southwest and is surrounded by a ditch a maximum of 3m wide. There is an entrance to the northwest 3m wide. 

The scheduled area is circular, measuring 65m in diameter. It includes the remains described above and an area around within which evidence relating to the monument's construction, use and abandonment is expected to survive, 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 add to our understanding of prehistoric settlement and economy. Its importance is greatly enhanced by its association with the wider landscape of prehistoric and Roman remains in the valley of the South Esk.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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