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Janet's Brae, fort 550m east of Peebles Hydropathic

A Scheduled Monument in Tweeddale West, Scottish Borders

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Latitude: 55.6516 / 55°39'5"N

Longitude: -3.1683 / 3°10'5"W

OS Eastings: 326581

OS Northings: 640400

OS Grid: NT265404

Mapcode National: GBR 6392.WX

Mapcode Global: WH6V5.96KS

Entry Name: Janet's Brae, fort 550m E of Peebles Hydropathic

Scheduled Date: 27 May 1971

Last Amended: 9 November 2000

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM3029

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 between 250m and 275m OD, on a low knoll on a hillslope overlooking the Tweed valley and the modern town of Peebles. The location of the fort is notably non-defensive, but its triple ramparts and ditches were substantial, accentuated by the underlying landform. These defences survive best on the N and E, upslope, sides. An entrance in the WNW leads to the sloping, subcircular interior, which measures approximately 70m by 55m. The interior of the fort gives the impression of being terraced but no building platforms or other internal features have been positively identified.

The area to be scheduled is subcircular, measuring a maximum of 120m E-W by 130m 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.

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 above it on the same hillslope, is of particular interest.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS record the site as NT24SE39.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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