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Mains of Hatton, stone circle 575m NNW of

A Scheduled Monument in Turriff and District, Aberdeenshire

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Latitude: 57.4721 / 57°28'19"N

Longitude: -2.5029 / 2°30'10"W

OS Eastings: 369937

OS Northings: 842542

OS Grid: NJ699425

Mapcode National: GBR N85Z.B3S

Mapcode Global: WH8MV.JGC4

Entry Name: Mains of Hatton, stone circle 575m NNW of

Scheduled Date: 17 August 1925

Last Amended: 28 March 2003

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM30

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: stone circle or ring

Location: Auchterless

County: Aberdeenshire

Electoral Ward: Turriff and District

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire


The monument comprises the remains of a recumbent stone circle, situated some 575m NNW of Mains of Hatton on the summit of a gentle hill at around 165m OD. The monument was first scheduled in 1925, but the original documentation is missing and the area is inadequately defined: the present scheduling rectifies this.

The stone circle measures about 21.5m in diameter and includes the recumbent stone itself, measuring 2.1m by 1.7m by 0.8m, and fourteen other stones, all of which are fallen. Seven are collected around the recumbent, and may not all have originated from the stone circle.

The area to be scheduled is a circle 40m in diameter centred on the centre of the stone circle, as shown in red on the attached map. It includes the remains of the stone circle, and an area around in which traces of activities associated with the construction and use of the monument may survive

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as the remains of a recumbent stone circle, a group of monuments unique to NE Scotland, and one of a cluster in the immediate vicinity. It has the potential to provide important information about prehistoric ritual activity in this area.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NJ64SE 6.


Burl H A W 1973a, 'The Recumbent Stone Circles of North-East Scotland', PROC SOC ANTIQ SCOT 102, 60.

Burl A 1976a, THE STONE CIRCLES OF THE BRITISH ISLES, London and New Haven, 352.

Coles F R 1903a, 'Report on the stone circles of North-Eastern Scotland, Chiefly in Auchterless and Forgue, with measured plans and drawings, obtained under the gunning fellowship' PROC SOC ANTIQ SCOT 37, 112-15.

Forrest J 1873, 'Notice of the Gallow Hill, Auchterless and of circular foundations and tumuli, and various relics discovered there', PROC SOC ANTIQ SCOT 9, 158.

Thom A 1967a, MEGALITHIC SITES IN BRITAIN, Oxford 136 No. B 1/25.

Thom A, Thom A S and Burl H A W 1980, MEGALITHIC RINGS: PLANS AND DATA FOR 229 MONUMENTS IN BRITAIN, Brit Archaeol Rep, Brit Ser 81, Oxford, 188-9.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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