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Janet's Brae, fort 750m east of Peebles Hydropathic

A Scheduled Monument in Tweeddale West, Scottish Borders

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Latitude: 55.6519 / 55°39'6"N

Longitude: -3.1649 / 3°9'53"W

OS Eastings: 326791

OS Northings: 640438

OS Grid: NT267404

Mapcode National: GBR 63B2.LR

Mapcode Global: WH6V5.C64H

Entry Name: Janet's Brae, fort 750m E of Peebles Hydropathic

Scheduled Date: 27 May 1971

Last Amended: 9 November 2000

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM3028

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Peebles

County: Scottish Borders

Electoral Ward: Tweeddale West

Traditional County: Peeblesshire


The monument comprises the remains of a later prehistoric defended settlement. The fort was originally scheduled in 1971, but the rectilinear area designated did not accurately represent the archaeological remains as they survived on the ground. The current scheduling rectifies this.

The fort lies at around 330m OD on a ridge overlooking the Tweed valley and the modern town of Peebles. The remains of the fort show varying degrees of survival, but it appears to originally have been defended by a double rampart and ditch with an entrance in the W side. These enclosed a roughly oval interior, sloping towards the SW, and measuring a maximum of 80m by 65m. The interior of the fort is uneven, but no building platforms have been positively identified. On the NE side a small outer rampart runs for approximately 60m, reinforcing the defences on the uphill side of the site.

The area to be scheduled is subcircular in shape, measuring a maximum of 110m E-W by 115m N-S, to include the fort and an area around it where remains relating to its construction and use may be expected to survive, as shown in red on the attached map. The forestry track running through the E arc of the scheduled area is specifically excluded from the scheduling.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of later prehistoric settlement and economy. The unusual situation of this monument and its relationship to two nearby forts, one of which lies immediately below it on the same hillslope, is of particular interest.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS record the site as NT24SE 35.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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