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Quothquan Law, fort

A Scheduled Monument in Clydesdale East, South Lanarkshire

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Latitude: 55.6289 / 55°37'44"N

Longitude: -3.6087 / 3°36'31"W

OS Eastings: 298811

OS Northings: 638437

OS Grid: NS988384

Mapcode National: GBR 337C.J0

Mapcode Global: WH5ST.JST4

Entry Name: Quothquan Law, fort

Scheduled Date: 3 July 1967

Last Amended: 9 October 1995

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM2601

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Libberton

County: South Lanarkshire

Electoral Ward: Clydesdale East

Traditional County: Lanarkshire


The monument comprises a prehistoric fort which occupies the summit of Quothquan Law.

The rocky summit measures 120m by 70m and is enclosed by a wall (now almost completely denuded) except for short intermittent stretches on the NW, S and E. The main entrance is on the NE where a track leads into the fort through an annex (measuring about 100m by 40m) which may be secondary. The annex is formed by double ramparts and a medial ditch, but the ramparts are little more than scarps and the ditch has been almost completely filled in. There is another entrance on the SW. Traces of up to fourteen timber round-houses have been noted within the annex.

The area to be scheduled is sub-circular on plan and measures 230m from NW-SE by up to 170m transversely, to include the fort and an area around in which traces of activities associated with its construction and use may survive, as marked in red on the attached map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because it is a well-preserved and complex field monument which has the potential to provide information about the nature and development of later prehistoric society: its architecture, land-use, economy and social structure through time.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



The monument is RCAHMS number NS 93 NE 11.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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