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Ladykirk House,barrow 470m north east of

A Scheduled Monument in Mid Berwickshire, Scottish Borders

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Latitude: 55.7078 / 55°42'28"N

Longitude: -2.1792 / 2°10'45"W

OS Eastings: 388837

OS Northings: 646058

OS Grid: NT888460

Mapcode National: GBR F27F.0Q

Mapcode Global: WH9YN.HSHN

Entry Name: Ladykirk House,barrow 470m NE of

Scheduled Date: 2 February 1988

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4469

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: barrow

Location: Ladykirk

County: Scottish Borders

Electoral Ward: Mid Berwickshire

Traditional County: Berwickshire


The monument is a burial mound of the earlier Bronze Age, about 2500 years old, situated near the E edge of the parkland of Ladykirk House. It is circular, measuring 20m in diameter and 0.75m in height. There is no trace of a surrounding ditch, but a quarry ditch may originally have existed. There are no signs of disturbance, although there is a tree on its summit. The mound will cover at least one burial of het earlier Bronze Age; further burials may have been inserted into the mound or dug in around it. An area measuring 40m in diameter is proposed for scheduling, to include the mound, and ground around it in which traces of contemporary burial and ceremonial activities associated with burial.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a very well preserved example of a type of monument rare in the area, owing to its vulnerability to damage by arable farming. Archaeological excavation would recover information of considerable importance about prehistoric burial practices. The monument is of national importance to the theme of earlier Bronze Age burial and ceremonial practices. It is of particular interest because of the comparable mound to the SW; comparison of the burials and the burial rites would be valuable. Additionally the barrow will cover a small part of the earlier Bronze Age landscape; examination of this would provide information of considerable importance about prehistoric land use before the erection of the mound.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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