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Balbinny,enclosure 400m east of

A Scheduled Monument in Brechin and Edzell, Angus

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Latitude: 56.6992 / 56°41'57"N

Longitude: -2.7723 / 2°46'20"W

OS Eastings: 352805

OS Northings: 756651

OS Grid: NO528566

Mapcode National: GBR VQ.3217

Mapcode Global: WH7Q8.DW36

Entry Name: Balbinny,enclosure 400m E of

Scheduled Date: 12 April 1996

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6357

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Aberlemno

County: Angus

Electoral Ward: Brechin and Edzell

Traditional County: Angus


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

The monument lies on arable farmland at around 60m OD on locally high ground. It comprises a roughly oval enclosure measuring about 65m NE-SW by about 50m NW-SE within a ditch some 2m broad. There are entrances on the WNW and S. Inside the enclosure there are numerous ill-defined cropmarks that appear to represent the remains of domestic structures. Immediately to the SE there appears to be a group of at least three souterrains, or semi-subterranean storage buildings, of Iron Age date.

The area to be scheduled encompasses the remains described and an area around them in which traces of associated activity may be expected to survive. It is sub-rectangular with maximum dimensions of 145m NW-SE by 105m 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 chronological relationships between the souterrains and other elements of the site will be of particular importance.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 55 NW 14.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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