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Trabrown,settlement 600m south west of

A Scheduled Monument in Leaderdale and Melrose, Scottish Borders

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Latitude: 55.7293 / 55°43'45"N

Longitude: -2.7911 / 2°47'28"W

OS Eastings: 350412

OS Northings: 648720

OS Grid: NT504487

Mapcode National: GBR 82Y6.J0

Mapcode Global: WH7W3.3854

Entry Name: Trabrown,settlement 600m SW of

Scheduled Date: 7 February 1989

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4629

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: settlement

Location: Lauder

County: Scottish Borders

Electoral Ward: Leaderdale and Melrose

Traditional County: Berwickshire


The monument is an Iron Age settlement situated on top of the E spur of Trabrown Hill. The settlement is roughly oval with an annexe to the NE. Both parts are subdivided by low banks into small enclosures, some of which contain the remains of circular house stances. Some of the irregular enclosures have been scooped into the gentle slope while others are defined by banks only. The bank which encloses the the main part of the settlement survives to 0.5m high while the two banks enclosing the annexe are slightly lower. The site measures approximately c. 110m NE-SW by c. 100m transversely overall.

The area proposed for scheduling includes the settlement, annexe and an area around them in which traces of activity associated with their use may survive. The small part of the settlement lying in the plantation to the SW is excluded. The area respects the shape of the monument and measures 120m NE-SW by 130m transversely, bounded on the SW by the plantation wall, the structure of which, above ground, is specifically excluded from the scheduling.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

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

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the site as NT54NW 3.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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