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Northmuir,enclosure 350m north of Hill of Kirriemuir

A Scheduled Monument in Kirriemuir and Dean, Angus

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Latitude: 56.6827 / 56°40'57"N

Longitude: -2.9957 / 2°59'44"W

OS Eastings: 339099

OS Northings: 754996

OS Grid: NO390549

Mapcode National: GBR VJ.M43K

Mapcode Global: WH7QB.Y9N9

Entry Name: Northmuir,enclosure 350m N of Hill of Kirriemuir

Scheduled Date: 12 March 1996

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6346

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Kirriemuir

County: Angus

Electoral Ward: Kirriemuir and Dean

Traditional County: Angus


The monument comprises the remains of an enclosed settlement of prehistoric date repesented by cropmarks visible on oblique aerial photographs.

The monument lies in arable farmland at around 170m OD. It comprises an oval enclosure oriented NE-SW, measuring some 80m by 50m, with a ditch about 2m wide. There are entrances at the NW and SW ends and a further possible entrance in the S. A horseshoe-shaped cropmark within the NW interior may represent the remains of a former domestic building.

The area to be scheduled encompasses the remains described above and an area around them in which traces of associated activity may be expected to survive. It is circular with a diameter of 110m 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 presence of surviving internal deposits suggests that it will also provide information on prehistoric domestic organisation.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 35 NE 55.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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