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Penshiel, cairn and stone setting 540m NNE of

A Scheduled Monument in Haddington and Lammermuir, East Lothian

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Latitude: 55.8697 / 55°52'10"N

Longitude: -2.5716 / 2°34'17"W

OS Eastings: 364329

OS Northings: 664206

OS Grid: NT643642

Mapcode National: GBR B0HK.1Q

Mapcode Global: WH8WK.GQNL

Entry Name: Penshiel, cairn and stone setting 540m NNE of

Scheduled Date: 23 March 2001

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM8766

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 a small circular cairn with a protruding stone setting, dating to the prehistoric period, visible as upstanding remains, located within a (now destroyed) oval enclosure.

The monument occupies a ridge between what was once the Whiteadder Water (now the Whiteadder Reservoir) and the Kell Burn. It occupies an area of rough grassland, at a height of around 265m OD. It comprises a small circular cairn, c.6m in diameter, standing to c.0.5m high. There are indications of a kerb around the S perimeter. The remains of a setting of upright stones protrudes from the centre of the cairn.

In 1913, 1924 and 1966, the RCAHMS noted that this monument lay within a large oval enclosure containing an apparent alignment of five stones, but the enclosure had been destroyed by 1971. The monument may represent the remains of a ritual enclosure containing at least one burial cairn, dating probably to the Bronze Age.

The area proposed for scheduling comprises the visible extent of the remains described and an area around them within which related material may be expected to be found. It is rectangular in plan, measuring 50m from NNW to SSE by 40m transversely, 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 funerary and ritual practices in the prehistoric period.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 66 SW 2.


Mackie, E. W. (1975) Scotland: an archaeological guide: from the earliest times to the twelfth century, London, 94.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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