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The Hirsel,settlements & ecclesiastical remains south of

A Scheduled Monument in Mid Berwickshire, Scottish Borders

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Latitude: 55.6584 / 55°39'30"N

Longitude: -2.2718 / 2°16'18"W

OS Eastings: 382997

OS Northings: 640576

OS Grid: NT829405

Mapcode National: GBR D3K0.YG

Mapcode Global: WH9Z0.21GJ

Entry Name: The Hirsel,settlements & ecclesiastical remains S of

Scheduled Date: 19 February 1987

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4522

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Ecclesiastical: burial ground, cemetery, graveyard; Prehistoric domestic and defensive: settlement

Location: Coldstream

County: Scottish Borders

Electoral Ward: Mid Berwickshire

Traditional County: Berwickshire


The monument comprises a church and its cemetery founded probably in the 9th century AD and continuing in use into the early 17th century. There is also clear evidence of domestic occupation in the Neolithic and Bronze Ages, in the Medieval period, and possibly in the early Roman period.

The area proposed for scheduling clearly contains settlement of the Neolithic, Bronze Age and Medieval periods, and possibly some of the early Roman period. The ecclesiastical part of the site provides a unique example of the development and demise of a proprietory church and its cemetery through at least 800 years.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance firstly because of the great range time of settlement and other uses on it. It is nationally important because the scatter of Neolithic and Earlier Bronze Age finds shows that evidence of settlements of this period survives there. The ecclesiastical occupation is of national importance to the understanding of the development and decline of a proprietary church and its cemetery. The unexcavated portions of the cemetery are of national importance to the understanding of medieval demography.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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