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Mote Of Melgund

Barrow (Prehistoric)

Site Name Mote Of Melgund

Classification Barrow (Prehistoric)

Canmore ID 34800

Site Number NO55NW 20

NGR NO 5397 5685

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

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

Archaeology Notes

NO55NW 20 5397 5685.

(NO 5397 5685) Mote of Melgund (NAT)

Tumulus (NR) (site of)

OS 6" map, (1970)

A large, earthen tumulus said by Jervise (1859) to have been removed some years before 1856 although Ordnance Survey Name Book (ONB 1861) notes 'a remarkable knoll' in 1861.

Urns and two or three cists containing bones are said to have been found in it.

Only a low irregular swelling is evident on the highest point of an east-west ridge. The farmer says it is a rocky outcrop.

A Jervise 1859; Name Book 1861; Visited by OS (JLD) 8 July 1958.

A slight mound on the summit of Angus Hill marks the site of a large barrow, in which two or three cists were discovered when it was removed some time before 1856.

A Jervise 1859; Name Book 1861; RCAHMS 1983


Field Visit (9 August 1956)

This site was included within the RCAHMS Marginal Land Survey (1950-1962), an unpublished rescue project. Site descriptions, organised by county, are available to view online - see the searchable PDF in 'Digital Items'. These vary from short notes, to lengthy and full descriptions. Contemporary plane-table surveys and inked drawings, where available, can be viewed online in most cases - see 'Digital Images'. The original typecripts, notebooks and drawings can also be viewed in the RCAHMS search room.

Information from RCAHMS (GFG) 19 July 2013.


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