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Dowlaw,farmstead & field system 1200m south of

A Scheduled Monument in East Berwickshire, Scottish Borders

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Latitude: 55.9143 / 55°54'51"N

Longitude: -2.2313 / 2°13'52"W

OS Eastings: 385637

OS Northings: 669043

OS Grid: NT856690

Mapcode National: GBR D0V1.QR

Mapcode Global: WH9XN.PLNX

Entry Name: Dowlaw,farmstead & field system 1200m S of

Scheduled Date: 23 December 1988

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4619

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Secular: farmstead

Location: Coldingham

County: Scottish Borders

Electoral Ward: East Berwickshire

Traditional County: Berwickshire


The monument is a farmstead of the pre-improvement period, between 200 and 500 years old. It comprises a house measuring c. 10m x 4.5m with a roughly rectangular enclosure of he same size attached to its N side. The entrance lies in the S wall. The house is divided into two parts just to the W of the entrance.

From the SE corner of he house runs a field wall, which connects the enclosure to part of a surviving contemporary filed system comprising field walls and rig and furrow. Further parts of the field system survive to the N bounded by deep valley of the Dowlaw Burn. An area measuring a maximum of 330m (N-S) x 220m transversely is proposed for scheduling to include the farmstead and the substantial surviving fragments of the field system.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is a well preserved farmstead of the period before the agricultural improvements of the 18th and 19th centuries. It is of particular interest because a relatively substantial part of the contemporary field system survives; this is not common. A considerable amount of information about the way of life and agricultural practices of the inhabitants of the farmstead will survive on the site.

It is of national importance to the theme of pre-improvement settlement and agriculture. Taken with the other sites of the period in the area, notably the unusually large settlement 300m to the NW, it is of national importance to the theme of the organisation of the landscape before the period of agricultural improvement.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the site as NT86NE 30.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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