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Kinpurnie Castle,cairn 400m WNW of

A Scheduled Monument in Kirriemuir and Dean, Angus

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Latitude: 56.5526 / 56°33'9"N

Longitude: -3.1716 / 3°10'17"W

OS Eastings: 328075

OS Northings: 740687

OS Grid: NO280406

Mapcode National: GBR VD.L56F

Mapcode Global: WH6PQ.7KZJ

Entry Name: Kinpurnie Castle,cairn 400m WNW of

Scheduled Date: 9 January 1996

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6299

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: cairn (type uncertain)

Location: Newtyle

County: Angus

Electoral Ward: Kirriemuir and Dean

Traditional County: Angus


The monument comprises the remains of a burial cairn of prehistoric date.

The monument lies in arable farmland at around 115m OD. It comprises a tree-covered mound some 27m in diameter by some 2.5m high surrounded by a low wall. There are traces of a cist in the centre where there has been previous disturbance but it is likely that further burials remain undisturbed. Such monuments are characteristic of the Later Neolithic and Bronze Age periods in Scotland.

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 50m 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 ritual and funerary practices. It may be expected to contain information relating to barrow-building techniques as well as grave goods and other deposits relating to the use of the site for burial.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 24 SE 7.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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