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Cockburn Law, fort

A Scheduled Monument in Mid Berwickshire, Scottish Borders

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Latitude: 55.8306 / 55°49'50"N

Longitude: -2.3758 / 2°22'32"W

OS Eastings: 376557

OS Northings: 659768

OS Grid: NT765597

Mapcode National: GBR C1V0.FR

Mapcode Global: WH8WV.GQW2

Entry Name: Cockburn Law, fort

Scheduled Date: 2 March 1961

Last Amended: 9 October 1995

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM366

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: fort (includes hill and promontory fort); Prehistoric ritual and

Location: Duns

County: Scottish Borders

Electoral Ward: Mid Berwickshire

Traditional County: Berwickshire


The monument comprises a fort of later prehistoric date which is situated on the summit of Cockburn Law.

The fort is oval on plan and measures 110m by 85m internally within three earth and stone ramparts with two staggered entrances. On the E side a single low rampart follows the top of the steep natural hillslopes. A wide linear boulder spread which runs parallel to the foot of these slopes may be a further line of defence. A third entrance (on the S side of the fort) is approached by a terraced way. Within the interior, two level circular areas may be hut stances.

The area to be scheduled is oval on plan and measures 190m from N-S by 160m transversely, to include the fort and an area around in which evidence associated with its construction and use may survive.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because it is a well-preserved field monument which has the potential to provide information about the nature and development of later prehistoric society: its architecture, land-use, economy and social structure.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



The monument is RCAHMS number NT 75 NE 1.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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