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'Merlin's Grave', Drumelzier

Cist (Period Unassigned)(Possible)

Site Name 'Merlin's Grave', Drumelzier

Classification Cist (Period Unassigned)(Possible)

Canmore ID 49927

Site Number NT13SW 35

NGR NT 1341 3453

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Scottish Borders, The
  • Parish Drumelzier
  • Former Region Borders
  • Former District Tweeddale
  • Former County Peebles-shire

Archaeology Notes

NT13SW 35 1341 3453.

(NT 1341 3453) Merlin's Grave (NR) (Supposed site of)

OS 6" map, Peeblesshire, 2nd ed., (1909).

"Merlin's Grave" (Site): According to legend which is at least as old as the 15th century, the wizard Merlin was buried 200 yds NNW of Drumelzier Church, on the level haugh close to the right bank of the River Tweed. No structural remains are now to be seen, or have ever been recorded, at the place in question, but it is possible that the tradition may have been originated from the discovery of a Bronze Age cist.

RCAHMS 1967, visited 1956.

There is nothing to be seen at this site which lies in a field. The tradition still survives.

Visited by OS(IA) 11 August 1972.


Sbc Note

Visibility: This was the site of an archaeological monument, which may no longer be visible.

Information from Scottish Borders Council


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