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Myot Hill

Fort (Prehistoric)

Site Name Myot Hill

Classification Fort (Prehistoric)

Canmore ID 45957

Site Number NS78SE 1

NGR NS 7808 8250

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Falkirk
  • Parish Denny
  • Former Region Central
  • Former District Falkirk
  • Former County Stirlingshire

Archaeology Notes ( - 1974)

NS78SE 1 7808 8250.

(NS 7808 8250) Fort (NR)

OS 25" map (1964)

A fort is situated on the summit of Myot Hill. Almost obliterated by stone-robbing and weathering, it is oval on plan and measures 215' E-W by 140'. No traces of defences may be seen along the crests of the steep slopes to N, W, and S, but the slopes to the E are traversed by the mutilated remains of two ramparts. The inner one, a low mound spread to a width of 13', runs S from the crest of the N slope for 105'. After an 11' wide gap, which must represent the original entrance, it continues as a low scarp for 25' before merging with the slope of the hill. The outer rampart, only a low scarp, runs along a similar line to the inner one. Apart from a small modern building, the interior is featureless. The possible connection of the place-name Myot Hill with the tribal name Maeatae is noted by Watson.

Sources: RCAHMS 1963, visited 1953; W J Watson 1926

A fort generally as described.

Surveyed at 1:2500.

Visited by OS (AC) 2 July 1959 and (JP) 22 January 1974


Reference (1957)

This site is noted in the ‘List of monuments discovered during the survey of marginal land (1951-5)’ (RCAHMS 1957, xiv-xviii). The 286 monuments were listed by county, parish, classification and name, and the list included an indication of whether they had been planned (P), whether they were visible only as a cropmark (C), and whether they were worthy of preservation (*).

Drawings are catalogued to individual site records. Investigator's notebooks are availiable in the MS collection. Site descriptions are availiable in contemporary RCAHMS inventories, or in three typescript volumes availiable in the library.

Information from RCAHMS (GFG) 24 October 2012

Note (14 August 2014 - 16 November 2016)

The scant remains of a fort are situated on Myot Hill a steep-sided summit W of Denny that is now crowned by telecommunication masts. There are no more than traces of defences around the N, W and S margins of the hill, but on the E two heavily robbed ramparts can be seen, creating an enclosure measuring about 65m from E to W by 42m transversely (0.18ha) on the summit. The entrance is probably on the ESE.

Information from An Atlas of Hillforts of Great Britain and Ireland – 16 November 2016. Atlas of Hillforts SC1492


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