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Ewes Hill,settlement

A Scheduled Monument in Galashiels and District, Scottish Borders

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Latitude: 55.7036 / 55°42'12"N

Longitude: -2.9234 / 2°55'24"W

OS Eastings: 342067

OS Northings: 645957

OS Grid: NT420459

Mapcode National: GBR 820H.W8

Mapcode Global: WH7W1.2W5Y

Entry Name: Ewes Hill,settlement

Scheduled Date: 30 May 1961

Last Amended: 7 December 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM2104

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: settlement

Location: Stow

County: Scottish Borders

Electoral Ward: Galashiels and District

Traditional County: Midlothian


The monument comprises a later prehistoric settlement consisting of the irregular foundations of earth and stone structures, which are situated on the SE slopes of Ewes Hill.

The settlement complex measures about 91m from E to W by 55m transversely and is enclosed on all but the N (uphill) side by a rampart (3m wide) which has four, possibly five entrances. The internal structures are difficult to define but consist of a series of levelled areas and the probable footings for sub-circular buildings.

The area to be scheduled is subrectangular on plan and measures 140m E-W by 100m transversely to include the settlement and an area around in which evidence associated with its construction and use may survive, as marked in red on the attached map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because it represents the remains of a settlement of unusual plan which has the potential to provide information about later prehistoric economy, agricultural practice and social organisation.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



The monument is RCAHMS number NT 44 NW 5.

RCAHMS (1929) Midlothian Inventory, No. 242.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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