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Baron's Cairn, cairn

A Scheduled Monument in Kincorth/Nigg/Cove, Aberdeen City

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Latitude: 57.1241 / 57°7'26"N

Longitude: -2.0715 / 2°4'17"W

OS Eastings: 395770

OS Northings: 803692

OS Grid: NJ957036

Mapcode National: GBR SH7.CF

Mapcode Global: WH9QY.46VD

Entry Name: Baron's Cairn, cairn

Scheduled Date: 26 January 1978

Last Amended: 16 July 2002

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4126

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Aberdeen

County: Aberdeen City

Electoral Ward: Kincorth/Nigg/Cove

Traditional County: Kincardineshire


The monument comprises a massive stone cairn, some 18m in diameter and c.1.5m high. The monument was first scheduled in 1978 and re-scheduled in 1985, but the boundary of the scheduled area was unclear: the present re-scheduling rectifies this.

This massive stone-built cairn is situated on a prominent knoll at 83m OD, with a view over Nigg Bay. It has been considerably mutilated in the past but remains an impressive feature in the landscape. It measures some 18m in diameter and stands c.1.5m high. The cairn has an uneven surface and comprises a mound of loose stone of varying size, much of it fairly substantial. Another three cairns are located within the close vicinity, indicating that this monument may form part of a relict prehistoric landscape.

The area to be scheduled is a circle of diameter 60m centred on the centre of the cairn, to include the cairn and an area around it in which evidence relating to its construction and use may survive, as marked in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as the remains of a prehistoric funerary monument which may form part of a relict prehistoric landscape. It has the potential to provide important information about Bronze Age funerary and ritual practices.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS record the site as NJ90SE 2, 4 and 5.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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