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Glenwhappen Rig, palisaded enclosure 1450m north east of Glenbreck

A Scheduled Monument in Tweeddale West, Scottish Borders

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Latitude: 55.4911 / 55°29'27"N

Longitude: -3.478 / 3°28'40"W

OS Eastings: 306714

OS Northings: 622910

OS Grid: NT067229

Mapcode National: GBR 444Y.TF

Mapcode Global: WH5TN.K71T

Entry Name: Glenwhappen Rig, palisaded enclosure 1450m NE of Glenbreck

Scheduled Date: 16 November 1976

Last Amended: 17 May 1994

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM3865

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: palisaded enclosure

Location: Tweedsmuir

County: Scottish Borders

Electoral Ward: Tweeddale West

Traditional County: Peeblesshire


The monument comprises a palisaded enclosure which occupies the summit of an isolated knoll on Glenwhappen Rig, set within a large forestry clearing.

On the E, S and W flanks of the knoll the ground falls away steeply, but the NW is more gently inclined. The enclosure measures 70m by 38m within a palisade appearing as a shallow groove between 0.6 to 0.9m wide. The entrance is on the NE. The interior is covered with heather, peat and coarse grass and no other features are visible.

The area to be scheduled is oval on plan and measures 100m from NNE to SSW by 70m transversely, to include the settlement and an area around in which associated remains are likely to survive.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because it has the potential to provide information about later prehistoric timber architecture and the organisation and development of society.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



The monument is recorded in the RCAHMS as NT 02 SE 40.


RCAHMS (1967) 'Inventory of Peeblesshire', No. 198.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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