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Melgund Cottage,cairn 100m WNW of and enclosure 200m WNW of

A Scheduled Monument in Brechin and Edzell, Angus

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Latitude: 56.6968 / 56°41'48"N

Longitude: -2.7669 / 2°46'0"W

OS Eastings: 353134

OS Northings: 756378

OS Grid: NO531563

Mapcode National: GBR VQ.33BV

Mapcode Global: WH7Q8.GYP2

Entry Name: Melgund Cottage,cairn 100m WNW of and enclosure 200m WNW of

Scheduled Date: 3 October 1996

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6471

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: enclosure (domestic or defensive); Prehistoric ritual and funera

Location: Aberlemno

County: Angus

Electoral Ward: Brechin and Edzell

Traditional County: Angus


The monument comprises the remains of a cairn and enclosure of prehistoric date. The enclosure is represented by cropmarks visible on oblique aerial photographs, while the cairn survives as a grassed-over stony mound.

The cairn lies in arable farmland at around 100m OD. It is approximately 30m in diameter and about 2m in height, of a form characteristic of Later Neolithic and Bronze Age burial monuments. To its NW is the enclosure, which is square and about 20m across within a ditch some 2m wide. Inside this enclosure is a ring-ditch house with a diameter of some 18m, defined by a ditch about 2m wide. The form of this double-ditched enclosure is extremely unusual and may represent a ritual rather than settlement site.

The area to be scheduled encompasses the remains described and an area around them in which traces of associated activity may be expected to survive. It is divided into two circular areas with diameters of 90m (E part, around cairn) and 70m (W part, around enclosures) 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 contribute to our understanding of prehistoric ritual and funerary practice. Its importance is greatly enhanced by the extremely unusual nature of the double-ditched enclosure.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 55 NW 54 and 46.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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