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Dowlaw,farmstead & linear earthwork 950m south west of

A Scheduled Monument in East Berwickshire, Scottish Borders

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Latitude: 55.918 / 55°55'4"N

Longitude: -2.2403 / 2°14'25"W

OS Eastings: 385078

OS Northings: 669455

OS Grid: NT850694

Mapcode National: GBR D0S0.SF

Mapcode Global: WH9XN.KJD2

Entry Name: Dowlaw,farmstead & linear earthwork 950m SW of

Scheduled Date: 11 August 1989

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4705

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: linear earthwork; Secular: farmstead

Location: Coldingham

County: Scottish Borders

Electoral Ward: East Berwickshire

Traditional County: Berwickshire


The monument is a farmstead of the pre-improvement period and a fragment of the earthwork known as the 'Soldier's Dyke' situated immediately to the S of a low un-named knoll. It comprises the remains of a rectangular building measuring 18m x 5m, divided into two parts, with a yard, measuring 13m x 18m attached to its N side. It is well preserved. The 'Soldier's Dyke' at this point survives as a low spread bank immediately to the N of the house and yard. An area measuring a maximum of 70m (SW-NE) x 70m transversely is proposed for scheduling.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument has a well preserved field characteristics. It is similar to the farmstead c. 700m to the SE. Investigation of the monument would provide information of importance about the way of life of the inhabitants. The monument is of national importance to the theme of pre-improvement settlement. Taken with the three broadly contemporary sites nearby (two of which are of radically different types) the monument is of national importance to the theme of the organisation of the pre-improvement landscape. The section of the 'Soldier's Dyke' is included in the scheduling as examination of this major land division would also provide information of value in the study of the organisation of the landscape.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 86 NE 6.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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