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Mitchelhill Rings, fort

A Scheduled Monument in Tweeddale West, Scottish Borders

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Latitude: 55.5922 / 55°35'31"N

Longitude: -3.4886 / 3°29'18"W

OS Eastings: 306285

OS Northings: 634174

OS Grid: NT062341

Mapcode National: GBR 432S.J6

Mapcode Global: WH5T2.DP0V

Entry Name: Mitchelhill Rings, fort

Scheduled Date: 27 June 1972

Last Amended: 4 March 2002

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM3161

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Broughton, Glenholm and Kilbucho

County: Scottish Borders

Electoral Ward: Tweeddale West

Traditional County: Peeblesshire


The monument comprises the remains of a fort (a defended settlement) dating from the later prehistoric period. The monument was originally scheduled in 1972, but the area covered by the designation did not relate accurately to the remains on the ground. The current rescheduling rectifies this.

The fort is situated on the small rocky spur at the E end of White Hill, at a height of about 340m OD. It is roughly circular on plan and measures up to 40m in diameter internally. It comprises the remains of four ramparts with associated external ditches. The inner rampart is continuous and is reduced to a low stony bank about 3m in thickness. The second rampart is continuous except for a break on the NE arc; the third rampart is visible only on the S arc; and the outer rampart is largely continuous, broken only on the SW and on the E. The entrance to the fort is on the SE.

The area to be scheduled comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive. It is circular on plan and measures a maximum of 110m in diameter, 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, economy and social organisation. Its importance is further enhanced by its proximity to other settlement sites of similar date but different form.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the site as NT03SE 14.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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