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Hopecarton, settlement 530m south east of

A Scheduled Monument in Tweeddale West, Scottish Borders

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Latitude: 55.5613 / 55°33'40"N

Longitude: -3.3802 / 3°22'48"W

OS Eastings: 313045

OS Northings: 630595

OS Grid: NT130305

Mapcode National: GBR 44T4.Z8

Mapcode Global: WH6VG.1HN0

Entry Name: Hopecarton, settlement 530m SE of

Scheduled Date: 21 October 1971

Last Amended: 2 November 1999

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM3065

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: settlement

Location: Drumelzier

County: Scottish Borders

Electoral Ward: Tweeddale West

Traditional County: Peeblesshire


The monument comprises a settlement of later prehistoric date. The monument was first scheduled in 1971. It is being rescheduled in order to extend and clarify the extent of the scheduled area.

The monument is set on a terrace on the NW flank of Hopekist Rig, at around 300m OD. It consists of two house platforms and a scooped yard. The platforms measure about 10m and 8m in diameter respectively. Each has a low crescentic scarp in the NE sector and a ring-ditch. Ring-ditches such as these have been found on excavation to represent the remains of timber roundhouses of later prehistoric date. The southerly of the two ring-ditches has a low stone wall on its outer lip. Immediately downslope of the two platforms is a scooped yard measuring about 12m by about 8m, dug into the slope to a depth of about 2m. Taken together, the house platforms with ring-ditches and the scooped yard represent a settlement of later prehistoric date.

The area proposed for scheduling comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related material may be expected to be found. It is rectangular with maximum dimensions of 60m NE-SW by 40m NW-SE, as marked in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because of its potential to contribute towards our understanding of prehistoric settlement and society.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS record the site as NT13SW 19.


RCAHMS (1967), Peebleshire, An Inventory of the Ancient Monuments, HMSO, Edinburgh.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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