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A Scheduled Monument in Mid Berwickshire, Scottish Borders

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Latitude: 55.7915 / 55°47'29"N

Longitude: -2.5027 / 2°30'9"W

OS Eastings: 368577

OS Northings: 655473

OS Grid: NT685554

Mapcode National: GBR B1YG.ZQ

Mapcode Global: WH8WZ.JPGH

Entry Name: Dirrington,farmstead

Scheduled Date: 6 March 1989

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4639

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Secular: farmstead

Location: Longformacus

County: Scottish Borders

Electoral Ward: Mid Berwickshire

Traditional County: Berwickshire


The monument is a pre-improvement farmstead situated on the E slope of Dirrington Hill. The farmstead, in its latest phase, is T-shaped and overall measures c.25m NE-SW by c.25m NW-SE. The angle of the 'T' on the SE side forms two sides of a yard which is completed by two walls to form a rectangle with an entrance to the SW. This leads to a roadway which runs SW along the flank of Dirrington Hill. There are traces of earlier buildings immediately upslope of this building and also traces of roadways. There is evidence of activity associated with the farmstead for c.40m

around the building and downslope there is a considerable area of well-preserved rig and furrow cultivation. The area to be proposed for scheduling includes the farmstead and yard, adjacent areas of activity and part of the rig and furrow. The area is bounded by the drystone used to the SW and measures 140m NE-SW by 100m transversely.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because it is a well preserved example of a pre-improvement farmstead. Knowledge of rural settlement in these periods is slight and the site has the potential to greatly enhance the understanding of agricultural processes and economy over a period of several hundred years.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the site as NT65NE 21.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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