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Lettie's Grave, square cairns

A Scheduled Monument in East Sutherland and Edderton, Highland

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Latitude: 58.0176 / 58°1'3"N

Longitude: -4.2159 / 4°12'57"W

OS Eastings: 269193

OS Northings: 905305

OS Grid: NC691053

Mapcode National: GBR H7YJ.RL3

Mapcode Global: WH4CS.6RP0

Entry Name: Lettie's Grave, square cairns

Scheduled Date: 15 June 2016

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM13619

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: cairn (type uncertain)

Location: Rogart

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: East Sutherland and Edderton

Traditional County: Sutherland


The monument comprises the remains of three square burial cairns, probably dating to between 500 AD and 800 AD. They are visible as three stone settings, arranged around 11m to 12m apart, and in a roughly equilateral triangle. The cairns lie at around 120m above sea level, on a level terrace overlooking the River Lettie.

The best preserved cairn is that to the southeast. It measures about 2.4m east-west by 2.2m transversely over a kerb of edge-set slabs, which remain in place only on the north and east sides. The cairn material within the kerb measures around 0.2m in height. Two large upright stones stand at the northeast and southeast corners, while two large fallen slabs probably represent the remaining corner stones. The second cairn stands around 11m to the northwest and measures around 2.7m square over a kerb which survives only on the northeast side. The cairn material measures around 0.3m in height and a single large stone stands at the east corner. Traces of a third cairn are visible to the south. It is poorly defined, but appears to have measured at least 1.7m square. The remains of a kerb survives on the west side.

The scheduled area is circular on plan, measuring 45m in diameter, to include 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

This monument is of national importance because it can make a significant contribution to our understanding of the past, particularly the design and construction of burial monuments, and the nature of burial practices and their significance in Early Historic society. The best preserved cairn is an impressive monument that retains its field characteristics, and the three cairns form an integral group of burial monuments. Due to the relative rarity of this type of funerary site, the loss of the monument would significantly diminish our ability to appreciate and understand the placing of such monuments within the landscape and the meaning and importance of death and burial in the Early Historic period.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



Historic Environment Scotland reference number CANMORE ID 5412 (accessed on 10/05/2016).

The Highland Council Historic Environment Record reference is MHG12400.

Ashmore, P. 1980 Low cairns, long cists and symbol stones. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 110, 345-55.

Ritchie, A. 2011 Cemeteries of platforms cairns and long cists around Sinclair's Bay, Caithness. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 141, 125-143.


HER/SMR Reference

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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