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Fordhouse,barrow 350m WSW of

A Scheduled Monument in Montrose and District, Angus

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Latitude: 56.7351 / 56°44'6"N

Longitude: -2.5479 / 2°32'52"W

OS Eastings: 366577

OS Northings: 760518

OS Grid: NO665605

Mapcode National: GBR X1.6R1T

Mapcode Global: WH8R9.TZW5

Entry Name: Fordhouse,barrow 350m WSW of

Scheduled Date: 28 July 1988

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4545

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: cairn (type uncertain)

Location: Dun

County: Angus

Electoral Ward: Montrose and District

Traditional County: Angus


The monument is the surviving portion of a large burial mound of the Neolithic or early Bronze Age, some 3500 to 4000 years old, situated in mature woodland. About half of the mound was removed during the digging of the adjacent quarry in the 19th century, but the portion that remains measures 2.5m high; the mound must originally have been about 20m in diameter. The remaining part of the mound will cover one or more burials, and further burials may have been dug into its surface. The area to be scheduled measures 30m in diameter, modern field boundaries being specifically excluded from the scheduling, as marked in red on the attached map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The mound, although considerably mutilated, is of national importance because of the likely survival of burials and of a portion of the contemporary ground surface. Taken with the intact burial mound which is of similar size and probably of similar date which lies only 1475m to the ENE at Glenskinno, the Fordhouse mound has the potential to enhance considerably our understanding of prehistoric burial and ceremonial practices.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 66 SE 4.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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