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Dry Slack,farmstead and enclosure

A Scheduled Monument in Kelso and District, Scottish Borders

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Latitude: 55.4579 / 55°27'28"N

Longitude: -2.2104 / 2°12'37"W

OS Eastings: 386794

OS Northings: 618250

OS Grid: NT867182

Mapcode National: GBR F50B.89

Mapcode Global: WHB00.02QQ

Entry Name: Dry Slack,farmstead and enclosure

Scheduled Date: 17 December 1991

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5234

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: enclosure (domestic or defensive); Secular: farmstead

Location: Morebattle

County: Scottish Borders

Electoral Ward: Kelso and District

Traditional County: Roxburghshire


The monument comprises the remains of a farmstead of unusual design, dating from the period before the modern agricultural improvements, overlying an enclosure which is probably the remains of a prehistoric settlement. The farmstead comprises the remains of at least 12 rectangular buildings, most of which are attached to or adjacent to a drystone wall which runs for c 300m NW to SE.

The wall seems to have enclosed an area at the confluence of the Greengair Syke and Kingsseat Burn. The possibly prehistoric enclosure measures c40m in diameter and displays no clear internal features. The area proposed for schedulinbg measures 240m NNW to SSE by 320m WSW to ESE, as marked in red on the attached map. Modern feed shed spec. excluded.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a well preserved farmstead of unusual design, which has the potential considerably to enhance our understanding of pre-improvement settlement and farming. It is of particular interest because of the survival in the area of a very varied range of settlement remains from this and earlier periods, which taken together have the potential to increase our knowledge of the development of the farmed landscape in southern Scotland.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 81 NE 14.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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