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Arrat's Mill, barrows 535m north east of

A Scheduled Monument in Brechin and Edzell, Angus

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Latitude: 56.7201 / 56°43'12"N

Longitude: -2.5779 / 2°34'40"W

OS Eastings: 364727

OS Northings: 758863

OS Grid: NO647588

Mapcode National: GBR WZ.ZQ9G

Mapcode Global: WH8RH.CCN4

Entry Name: Arrat's Mill, barrows 535m NE of

Scheduled Date: 12 March 1996

Last Amended: 29 September 2014

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6363

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: barrow

Location: Brechin

County: Angus

Electoral Ward: Brechin and Edzell

Traditional County: Angus


The monument comprises at least two barrows, burial monuments usually dating to between 2500 BC and AD 800. The remains lie buried beneath the ploughsoil and are visible as cropmarks captured on oblique aerial photographs.

Two small ring-ditches about 8.5m apart indicate the positions of two barrows. The ditches are each about 1m wide and have an internal diameter of about 1.5m. The feature to the S appears to be sub-circular or rectilinear in shape; that to the N has a more rounded appearance. A less distinct cropmark about 5m S of this pair probably represents a third barrow. The monument lies on the valley floor about 600m NNE of the River South Esk, at around 20m above sea level.

The scheduled area is rectangular on plan, measuring 45m NNE-SSW x 35m transversely, as shown in red on the accompanying map. It includes the remains described above and an area around them within which evidence relating to the monument's construction, use and abandonment is expected to survive. The monument was first scheduled in 1996, but the documentation did not meet modern standards: the present amendment rectifies this.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because of its potential to add to our understanding of prehistoric and early historic funerary practice. The barrows represent the smaller end of the size range for this monument type and their size makes them unusual in their regional context. The monument is an important component of the wider landscape of prehistoric and later activity around the margins of the Montrose Basin, enhancing its significance. Our understanding of the character of prehistoric and early historic funerary practice would be diminished if this monument was to be lost or damaged.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO65NW 38. The Angus Sites and Monuments Record reference is NO65NW0038.


RCAHMS Aerial Photographs AN2967, AN2968

RCAHMS 1983 The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. The archaeological sites and monuments of Central Angus, Angus District, Tayside Region, The archaeological sites and monuments of Scotland series no 18, Edinburgh, 33, 261.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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