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Rob's Reed, homestead 485m ESE of Home Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Forfar and District, Angus

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Latitude: 56.6609 / 56°39'39"N

Longitude: -2.8325 / 2°49'56"W

OS Eastings: 349067

OS Northings: 752438

OS Grid: NO490524

Mapcode National: GBR VN.YD29

Mapcode Global: WH7QF.GVF0

Entry Name: Rob's Reed, homestead 485m ESE of Home Farm

Scheduled Date: 24 December 1969

Last Amended: 31 March 2015

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM2869

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: homestead

Location: Rescobie

County: Angus

Electoral Ward: Forfar and District

Traditional County: Angus


The monument is the remains of a circular homestead dating probably to the Iron Age (between about 800 BC and 500 AD). It comprises a circular single-walled enclosure, measuring 32m in overall diameter. The enclosing wall is now much reduced and is visible as a wide, low turf-covered mound of small stone, spread up to 7.7m wide. It stands up to 1.2m high on the N, but is elsewhere much lower. The interior measures approximately 16m in diameter, with a dished profile, and is higher in the W. The entrance may have been on the S side, where the enclosing wall is no longer visible. The enclosure is clipped on its W edge by a modern stone dyke. The monument is situated at around 160m above sea level, on the western edge of a prominent E-W ridge.  The monument was first scheduled in 1969, but the documentation did not meet modern standards: the present amendment rectifies this.

The scheduled area is circular, measuring 54m in diameter, but truncated along its W edge to exclude the modern field boundary. The scheduled area 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, as shown in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because of its potential to make a significant addition to our knowledge and understanding of later prehistoric settlement in Angus and further afield. It has good potential to preserve important archaeological deposits and features which can enhance our understanding of settlement, society and economy during the Iron Age. It also offers high potential to compare changing settlement forms and character over time and to examine the functions of different settlement types, particularly in contrast with the much more common settlement types in Angus now visible as cropmarks in lower-lying agricultural land. Our understanding of the distribution and character of later prehistoric settlements would be diminished if this monument was to be lost or damaged.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



Other Information

RCAHMS records the monument as NO45SE 30. The Angus Sites and Monuments Record reference is NO45SE0030.


Christison, D 1900, 'The forts, "camps", and other field-works of Perth, Forfar and Kincardine', Proc Soc Antiq Scot 34, 107.

Coutts, H 1970, Ancient monuments of Tayside, Dundee, 37.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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