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Kersewell Mains, cairn 450m north east of

A Scheduled Monument in Clydesdale East, South Lanarkshire

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Latitude: 55.7212 / 55°43'16"N

Longitude: -3.5721 / 3°34'19"W

OS Eastings: 301348

OS Northings: 648654

OS Grid: NT013486

Mapcode National: GBR 32H8.GY

Mapcode Global: WH5SG.3G8C

Entry Name: Kersewell Mains, cairn 450m NE of

Scheduled Date: 9 May 2005

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM11201

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Carnwath

County: South Lanarkshire

Electoral Ward: Clydesdale East

Traditional County: Lanarkshire


The monument is a cairn of prehistoric date, visible as a grass-covered mound, lying in pasture on a plateau that runs gently down to Westruther Burn, 230m above sea level.

The cairn consists of a mound 10m in diameter and 1.5 in height. It is surrounded by a slight ditch 1.2m wide and 0.2m at its greatest depth. There are slight traces of an upcast bank on the outer edge of the ditch and the monument measures 17.5m in total diameter. There is a shallow depression in the top which may indicate antiquarian investigation. There is also a low spread of stones, found 8m to the north-east of the first cairn, about 5m in diameter and 0.3m high from present ground level; this may be the remains of another cairn.

There are traces of other cairns in the local area.

Cairns of this type are funerary monuments dating to the Neolithic and Bronze Age, and may be expected to contain burials and other material relating to their mode of construction 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 a circle with maximum dimensions of 40m centred on the mound 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 an 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



The monument is recorded by RCAHMS as NT04NW18.




RCAHMS, 1976, NT04NW 18, Kersewell Mains Cairn, LA 1697.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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