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Dodridge Law,fort

A Scheduled Monument in Midlothian East, Midlothian

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Latitude: 55.8639 / 55°51'49"N

Longitude: -2.9275 / 2°55'39"W

OS Eastings: 342045

OS Northings: 663798

OS Grid: NT420637

Mapcode National: GBR 70ZM.ZT

Mapcode Global: WH7V8.0W62

Entry Name: Dodridge Law,fort

Scheduled Date: 14 October 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5754

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Ormiston

County: Midlothian

Electoral Ward: Midlothian East

Traditional County: East Lothian


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

The fort is circular, defined by at least four broad, concentric ditches. It occupies a locally high knoll in an undulating agricultural landscape. The outermost ditch encloses an area approximately 170m in diameter while the inner ditch encloses an area some 40m in diameter. There are no discernible entrances through the enclosing ditches.

There are indications of two annular ditches in the interior of the fort, both approximately 12m diameter, which might represent the remains of internal buildings. The northern of the two appears to overlie the innermost ditch of the fort suggesting possible multi-phase occupation. A Roman coin found on the site may date part of this occupation to the early centuries AD.

The area to be scheduled encompasses the visible remains together with an area around them in which traces of associated activity may be expected to survive. The area is irregular in shape with dimensions of 300m N-S by 270m, 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 defensive settlement. The ditches can be expected to contain evidence for rampart construction and for the sequence of building and occupation. The interior of the fort is likely to contain evidence for high status domestic occupation as well as material relating to prehistoric economy and environment.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 46 SW 1.


Robertson, A. S. (1993) 'Roman coins found in Scotland 1971-82', Proc Soc Antiq Scot. 113, 405-48.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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