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Cairn of Memsie

A Scheduled Monument in Fraserburgh and District, Aberdeenshire

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Latitude: 57.6484 / 57°38'54"N

Longitude: -2.0408 / 2°2'26"W

OS Eastings: 397665

OS Northings: 862059

OS Grid: NJ976620

Mapcode National: GBR P89H.ZQF

Mapcode Global: WH9NF.M0FY

Entry Name: Cairn of Memsie

Scheduled Date: 14 March 1994

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM90216

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Rathen

County: Aberdeenshire

Electoral Ward: Fraserburgh and District

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire


The monument is a cairn of the Bronze Age measuring 24m in diameter and 4.4m high.

Antiquarian excavations have recovered artefacts and burials of the period. It is possible that some of the stone of the other two cairns which stood nearby until the 18th or 19th century has been added to

this cairn.

The area to be scheduled measures a maximum of 50m WNW to ESE by 50m transversely, to include the cairn and an area around it in which traces of activity associated with its construction and use may survive, as marked in red on the attached map.

The area to be scheduled is delineated on the west and south sides by field boundaries, which are themselves excluded from the scheduling.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a well preserved cairn which will cover and contain burials of the early Bronze Age. It is of particular importance because it is a rare survival in an intensively farmed area where much of the archaeology has been destroyed of ploughed flat.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NJ 96 SE 1.
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Cairn of Memsie
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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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