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Laws Hill,broch & fort

A Scheduled Monument in Monifieth and Sidlaw, Angus

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Latitude: 56.5033 / 56°30'11"N

Longitude: -2.8273 / 2°49'38"W

OS Eastings: 349170

OS Northings: 734890

OS Grid: NO491348

Mapcode National: GBR VP.877Z

Mapcode Global: WH7R6.JSVV

Entry Name: Laws Hill,broch & fort

Scheduled Date: 3 March 1964

Last Amended: 28 July 2015

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM2394

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Monifieth

County: Angus

Electoral Ward: Monifieth and Sidlaw

Traditional County: Angus


The monument is the remains of a hillfort and a later broch, both dating probably to the Iron Age (between around 800 BC and AD 500). The monument stands on top of Laws Hill, at about 125m above sea level, in a prominent position with views S over the River Tay. The monument was first scheduled in 1964, but the documentation did not meet modern standards: the present amendment rectifies this.

The fort is oval in plan and measures about 130m NE-SW by 60m transversely. The remains of the turf-covered stone wall are faced (where visible) with large, carefully laid, square blocks and have a rubble core. Quantities of vitrified material have been reported as present within the core of the wall. Outer walls cover the NE and SW ends of the fort, and a third wall has been added at the SW. The remains of a later broch lie approximately at the centre of the fort, towards its northern side. The broch has an internal diameter of 10m, enclosed by a circular stone wall which still stands about 1m high and 4.9m thick. Several follies built in the late 19th or early 20th century also occur in the interior of the fort. These include a building known as the 'charnel house', which is circular with a domed stone roof open at the centre and an unglazed oculus piercing its W side.

The scheduled area is irregular on plan to include the remains described above and an area around them within which evidence relating to the monument's construction, use and abandonment may survive, as shown in red on the accompanying map. The scheduling excludes the above-ground elements of a mast and solar panel and the post-and-wire fence surrounding them.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

This monument is of national importance because of its potential to add significantly to our understanding of prehistoric settlement, society, economy and domestic life. This combination of a relatively rare lowland broch sited within an earlier, possibly vitrified, fort gives the monument particular importance. There is high potential to investigate the relationship between the fort and the broch, and to compare this site with the few comparable examples in the area, such as Hurly Hawkin and Craig Mill. In addition to the upstanding visible remains, the site retains high potential for the survival of important archaeological deposits, features, artefacts and palaeoenvironmental evidence relating to its construction and use. Our understanding of the distribution, character, use and re-use of later prehistoric settlement sites would be diminished if this monument was to be lost or damaged.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



Other information

RCAHMS record the site as NO43SE 7. The Angus SMR records the site as NO43SE 0007.


Christison, D 1900, 'The forts, "camps", and other field-works of Perth, Forfar and Kincardine', PSAS 34, 82-5.

Coutts, H 1970, Ancient monuments of Tayside, 21, 35-6.

NSA 1834-1845, The new statistical account of Scotland by the ministers of the respective parishes under the superintendence of a committee of the society for the benefit of the sons and daughters of the clergy, 15v, 11, 545-6.

Neish, J 1862, 'Reference notes to plan and views of ancient remains on the summit of the Laws, Forfarshire', PSAS 3, 440-7.

Neish, J 1865, 'Further notice of explorations on the Hill of Laws, Forfarshire', PSAS 5, 321-2.

OSA 1791-9, The statistical account of Scotland, drawn up from the communications of the ministers of the different parishes, in Sinclair, J (Sir), 13, 484-5.

RCAHMS 1950-9, Marginal Land Survey (unpublished typescripts).


Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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