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Law Cairn, 300m north east of West Craigmaud

A Scheduled Monument in Troup, Aberdeenshire

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Latitude: 57.6218 / 57°37'18"N

Longitude: -2.199 / 2°11'56"W

OS Eastings: 388211

OS Northings: 859110

OS Grid: NJ882591

Mapcode National: GBR N8XL.590

Mapcode Global: WH9NC.6P3D

Entry Name: Law Cairn, 300m NE of West Craigmaud

Scheduled Date: 8 December 2005

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM11181

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Tyrie

County: Aberdeenshire

Electoral Ward: Troup

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire


The monument comprises the remains of a substantial prehistoric burial cairn surrounded and contained by a modern drystone wall.

The Law Cairn is a turf-covered mound measuring about 20m in diameter and about 1.5m high. It has been damaged in the eastern segment and has had some rubbish dumped on it. However, the mound will certainly cover and contain at least one human burial, and it will probably cover a contemporary gorund surface, which could provide information on prehistoric landuse.

The area to be scheduled is a circle measuring 40m in diameter, centred on the mound, as marked in red on the attached map. The top 50cm of the track to the east is specifically excluded from the scheduling, to allow for maintenance.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a substantial prehistoric burial mound which has the potential to enhance considerably our understanding of burial practices. It is of greater importance because it is substantial enough to preserve beneath it an area of prehistoric landuse.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



The monument is recorded by RCAHMS as NJ85NE 47.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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