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Tarfside, Blue Cairn

Cairn (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Tarfside, Blue Cairn

Classification Cairn (Period Unassigned)

Canmore ID 33926

Site Number NO47NE 4

NGR NO 4942 7963

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Angus
  • Parish Lochlee
  • Former Region Tayside
  • Former District Angus
  • Former County Angus

Archaeology Notes

NO47NE 4 4942 7963.

(NO 4942 7963) Blue Cairn (NR)

OS 6" map, Forfarshire and Angus, 2nd ed., (1902)

A very large circular pile of stones, near Tarfside. It is about 30 links in diameter, set at the bottom with a ring of large stones. It is not improbable that this cairn may have had a cross on or near it, as part of this district is called Cairn Cross, but there is no tradition concerning it.

Name Book 1860.

Blue Cairn, now much overgrown, appears as a mound 1.2m high on the N and c. 4.0m on the S, where its sides merge with a natural slope to the roadside. Scarcely any suggestion of its stone construction is now noticeable except for a heap of loose stones near its S edge. Four large boulders remain on the W, and one on the S, indicating the remnants of the kerb. The garden fence of a new cottage has destroyed the E edge of the cairn. The whole is situated in waste ground, and is in poor condition.

Surveyed at 1:2500.

Visited by OS (N K B) 9 November 1967.


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