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Blue House, cairns 720m ESE of

A Scheduled Monument in Haddington and Lammermuir, East Lothian

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Latitude: 55.8693 / 55°52'9"N

Longitude: -2.5892 / 2°35'21"W

OS Eastings: 363225

OS Northings: 664168

OS Grid: NT632641

Mapcode National: GBR B0CK.7W

Mapcode Global: WH8WK.6Q9X

Entry Name: Blue House, cairns 720m ESE of

Scheduled Date: 23 February 1999

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7873

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: cairn (type uncertain)

Location: Whittingehame

County: East Lothian

Electoral Ward: Haddington and Lammermuir

Traditional County: East Lothian


The monument comprises two burial cairns of prehistoric date, visible as grass and heather-covered mounds.

The monument lies on sloping ground in an area of rough grassland at around 290m OD. It consists of two cairns, the first measuring about 9m in diameter and standing to a height of about 0.6m on the downslope side. The summit of the cairn is roughly level, with a slight rim measuring approximately 1m thick and about 0.1m high.

The second cairn, situated close to the ESE of the first, measures about 11m in diameter and stands to a height of about 0.5m on the downslope side. The cairn top is roughly level, with a small hollow slightly off-centre and faint traces of a rim on the SE side.

Cairns of this type are funerary monuments dating to the Neolithic and Bronze Age periods, and may be expected to contain burials and other deposits relating to a lengthy period of veneration and use.

The area proposed for scheduling comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related material may be expected to be found. It is rectangular with maximum dimensions of 70m WNW-ESE and 40m SSW-NNE, as marked in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because of its potential to contribute to our understanding of prehistoric funerary and ritual practices. Its importance is increased by its proximity to other monuments of potentially contemporary date.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 66 SW 12.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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