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East Mains of Balfour,farmstead 550m NNE of

A Scheduled Monument in Mearns, Aberdeenshire

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Latitude: 56.8638 / 56°51'49"N

Longitude: -2.6271 / 2°37'37"W

OS Eastings: 361860

OS Northings: 774885

OS Grid: NO618748

Mapcode National: GBR WX.PRHN

Mapcode Global: WH8QP.MR50

Entry Name: East Mains of Balfour,farmstead 550m NNE of

Scheduled Date: 29 October 1990

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4888

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Secular: farmstead

Location: Fettercairn

County: Aberdeenshire

Electoral Ward: Mearns

Traditional County: Kincardineshire


The monument is a farmstead of the period before the agricultural improvements comprising the turf covered foundations of a rectangular building 21m long divided into three compartments, lying in the S corner of a yard defined by a low turf covered wall. The area to be scheduled measures 90m E to W by 60m NNE to SSW and is bounded on the SW and SE by a fence (which is specifically excluded from the scheduling) and on the NW by a modern drain, as marked in red on the attached map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a farm building of the period before the agricultural improvements with well displayed field characteristics. It has the potential to enhance considerably our understanding of pre-improvement settlement. Taken with the other pre-improvement remains in the area it has the potential to increase considerably our knowledge of the development of the agricultural landscape in recent centuries.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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