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Meikle Pinkerton,fort 500m south of

A Scheduled Monument in Dunbar and East Linton, East Lothian

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Latitude: 55.9678 / 55°58'4"N

Longitude: -2.4789 / 2°28'44"W

OS Eastings: 370202

OS Northings: 675078

OS Grid: NT702750

Mapcode National: GBR ND7Y.92Q

Mapcode Global: WH8W6.W8QC

Entry Name: Meikle Pinkerton,fort 500m S of

Scheduled Date: 22 November 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5844

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: fort (includes hill and promontory fort)

Location: Dunbar

County: East Lothian

Electoral Ward: Dunbar and East Linton

Traditional County: East Lothian


The monument comprises the remains of a fort of prehistoric date represented by cropmarks visible on oblique aerial photographs.

The fort lies on a relatively level area on the E slopes of Pinkerton Hill at around 140m OD. It commands extensive views to the N, S and E. The ground slopes off sharply to the N of the site enhancing its defensive and dominating location. The fort is defined by a single ditch some 3-4m wide and measures approximately 100m WNW-ESE by approximately 50m.

There is no unambiguous indication of either an entrance or internal deposits but the background geological cropmarks are such as to obscure any such traces. The fort is potentially associated with an enclosure some 100m to the W and lies within a wider landscape of enclosed settlement and defensive sites centred on Pinkerton Hill.

The area to be scheduled encompasses the visible features and an area around them in which traces of associated activity may be expected to survive. It is sub-rectangular with maximum dimensions of 140m WNW-ESE by 110m as marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because of its potential to add to our understanding of prehistoric high-status domestic organisation and economy. The significance of the monument is greatly enhanced by its association with the wider landscape of prehistoric settlement centred on Pinkerton Hill.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 77 NW 26.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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