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Fort (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Roslin

Classification Fort (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) Penicuik Road

Canmore ID 51816

Site Number NT26SE 26

NGR NT 2695 6304

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Midlothian
  • Parish Lasswade
  • Former Region Lothian
  • Former District Midlothian
  • Former County Midlothian

Archaeology Notes

NT26SE 26 2695 6304

RAF vertical air photographs (106G/SCOT/UK140: 5035-6) taken in 1946 reveal the presence of an oval fort on the S side of Penicuik Road, Roslin; it measures about 60m by 40m within triple ditches, but most of the site is now covered by houses and their gardens.


No trace.

Visited by OS (SFS) 29 October 1975.


Aerial Photographic Interpretation (26 April 1955)

This site was included within the RCAHMS Marginal Land Survey (1950-1962), an unpublished rescue project.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.

Reference (1957)

This site is noted in the ‘List of monuments discovered during the survey of marginal land (1951-5)’ (RCAHMS 1957, xiv-xviii).

Information from RCAHMS (GFG), 24 October 2012.

Note (5 November 2015 - 8 September 2016)

Cropmarks have revealed the SE flank of a multivallate fort occupying a low hillock which has largely been subsumed into the housing of Roslin and is bisected by the Penicuik Road. Too little of the defences are visible to be certain of its plan, but it is probably roughly circular and at least 80m in internal diameter (0.5ha). The defences on the SE comprise at least three ditches, and there are traces of an intermediate feature, possibly a palisade trench between the middle and third ditches. On some photographs there are possible traces of several outer concentric features over a short distance on the SE, but their character is uncertain. The entrance is not visible and nothing is visible in the small crescent of the interior no more than 20m wide that lies within the field.

Information from An Atlas of Hillforts of Great Britain and Ireland – 08 September 2016. Atlas of Hillforts SC3709


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