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Gallows Hillock,burial mound 350m WNW of Parkhill

A Scheduled Monument in Brechin and Edzell, Angus

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Latitude: 56.7726 / 56°46'21"N

Longitude: -2.7505 / 2°45'1"W

OS Eastings: 354228

OS Northings: 764806

OS Grid: NO542648

Mapcode National: GBR WS.WGHC

Mapcode Global: WH7Q2.Q1FD

Entry Name: Gallows Hillock,burial mound 350m WNW of Parkhill

Scheduled Date: 15 October 1990

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4755

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: mound (ritual or funerary)

Location: Menmuir

County: Angus

Electoral Ward: Brechin and Edzell

Traditional County: Angus


The monument is a burial mound of the Neolithic or early Bronze Age, some 3500 to 5000 years old, measuring 11m in diameter and a maximum of 1m high. It is associated in legend with the site of the gallows hill of the lords of Balnamoon. It will cover at least one burial and will preserve beneath the mound material an area of contemporary land surface. The area to be scheduled measures 30m in diameter, centred on the mound, as marked in red on the attached map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a well preserved burial mound which has the potential to enhance considerably our understanding of prehistoric funerary and ceremonial practices. It is of particular importance because it will cover an area of Neolithic or Bronze Age land surface, which could considerably increase our understanding of early land use in this area.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 56 SW 5.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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