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Milnholm,settlement 200m WSW of

A Scheduled Monument in Annandale East and Eskdale, Dumfries and Galloway

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Latitude: 55.1756 / 55°10'32"N

Longitude: -3.0175 / 3°1'3"W

OS Eastings: 335292

OS Northings: 587287

OS Grid: NY352872

Mapcode National: GBR 78CL.JH

Mapcode Global: WH7YP.M59M

Entry Name: Milnholm,settlement 200m WSW of

Scheduled Date: 19 February 1987

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4402

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: settlement

Location: Langholm

County: Dumfries and Galloway

Electoral Ward: Annandale East and Eskdale

Traditional County: Dumfriesshire


The monument is an embanked settlement of the Iron Age situated on the river terrace 200m WSW of Milnholm farmhouse. The perimeter is formed by double banks with a flat-bottomed medial ditch about 6.4m in breadth and 0.9m in depth; the inner bank is up to 6.2m in thickness and 0.7m in height while the outer is 4.8m and 0.8m respectively and has been removed by ploughing on the SE. On the NW the site is only defended by the steep scarp although there are possibly traces of a low bank along its edge; at the NE end of this bank there are probably traces of ponding, as recorded by the ONB. The interior measures 51m (NE-SW) x 38.5m transversely and is featureless except for the possible scooped pond on the NE. The S boundary is formed by a fence, where as the N boundary is formed by the edge of the steep scarp.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance to the theme of Iron Age settlement. It is a good representative example of its class. The monument is of particular interest because of the unusual arrangement of double bank with medial ditch defences and because of its relationship with the similar settlement to the S and the larger settlement to the N at Henwell. It is also important to the theme of the organisation of Iron Age landscape.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the site as NY 38 NE 6.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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