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Blythe, fort 300m south west of

A Scheduled Monument in Leaderdale and Melrose, Scottish Borders

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Latitude: 55.7363 / 55°44'10"N

Longitude: -2.6668 / 2°40'0"W

OS Eastings: 358228

OS Northings: 649413

OS Grid: NT582494

Mapcode National: GBR 92T3.FJ

Mapcode Global: WH8X9.02DT

Entry Name: Blythe, fort 300m SW of

Scheduled Date: 2 February 1988

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4468

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Lauder

County: Scottish Borders

Electoral Ward: Leaderdale and Melrose

Traditional County: Berwickshire


The monument is a fort and later settlement of the Iron Age (some 2000 to 3000 years old) situated on a ridge above the Blythe Water. It is oval on plan and measures c130m by c100m overall. The defences consist of two ramparts or walls which survive to c1.5m high with traces of a ditch around the outside of the outer rampart. In the interior there are traces of three or four circular house sites. A small part of the outer line of defence on the SE side runs into a field which has been regularly ploughed but most of the fort is in rough pasture. The area to be proposed for scheduling includes the fort and an area around it in which traces of activity associated with its use will survive. The area respects the shape of the fort, except on the SE where the boundary is the drystone wall and on the NE where it is a post-and'wire fence of a plantation. It measures 140m (NE-SW) by 95m transversely.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The site is of national importance because it is a well-preserved example of an Iron Age fort which has the potential to enhance understanding of monuments of this type. Its importance is increased by its proximity to a number of other sites of similar date which, taken together, have the potential to greatly increase our understanding of the settlement, economy and development of the landscape in this area in the Iron Age.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



The monument is RCAHMS number NT 54 NE 1.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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