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Cortleferry, scooped settlement 400m north west of

A Scheduled Monument in Galashiels and District, Scottish Borders

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Latitude: 55.7432 / 55°44'35"N

Longitude: -2.9083 / 2°54'29"W

OS Eastings: 343073

OS Northings: 650358

OS Grid: NT430503

Mapcode National: GBR 8241.EK

Mapcode Global: WH7VV.9XB1

Entry Name: Cortleferry, scooped settlement 400m NW of

Scheduled Date: 28 February 1924

Last Amended: 10 October 1995

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM1167

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: scooped settlement

Location: Stow

County: Scottish Borders

Electoral Ward: Galashiels and District

Traditional County: Midlothian


The monument comprises a later prehistoric scooped settlement, situated on the S flank of Hoppringle Hill.

A turf-covered stone (3m wide and 1m high) encloses an area measuring about 40m by 30m within which are the remains of a hut circle (now badly damaged by modern agricultural activity). There is a bi-partite rectangular structure in the lower (SE) part of the interior.

The area to be scheduled is egg-shaped on plan and measures 90m from N-S by 60m transversely, to include the scooped settlement and an area around in which traces of activities 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 has the potential to provide information about the life-style and economy of later prehistoric farming communities in southern Scotland.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 45 SW 8.


RCAHMS (1929) The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments and Constructions of Scotland. Tenth report with inventory of monuments and constructions in the counties of Midlothian and West Lothian, Edinburgh, 172-3, No. 241, Fig. 206.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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