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Brownhart Law

Linear Earthwork (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Brownhart Law

Classification Linear Earthwork (Period Unassigned)

Canmore ID 57886

Site Number NT70NE 15

NGR NT 7896 0967

NGR Description From 7896 0967 to 7922 0953

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Scottish Borders, The
  • Parish Oxnam
  • Former Region Borders
  • Former District Roxburgh
  • Former County Roxburghshire

Archaeology Notes

NT70NE 15 7896 0967 to 7922 0953.

(NT 7896 0967 - NT 7922 0953) Earthwork (NR)

OS 6"map, (1962).

This linear earthwork crosses the NE shoulder of Brownhart Law from the head of Hind Hope to the head of an unnamed burn which joins the Coquet at Makendon. It is traversed by Dere Street. The W end of the work is on a steep slope descending into Hind Hope, and here consists of a ditch with a bank on its downhill (SSW) side; after 85yds a gap 5yds wide occurs, and for the remaining 58yds that lie within Roxburghshire the bank is on the NNE side, the ground here being flatter. E of the Border the work is interrupted for 54yds by Dere Street and its accompanying tracks, but beyond the tracks it reappears and continues for a further 133yds before fading out in the hollow that descends to the Coquet. Its total length, over gaps, is thus 335yds.

RCAHMS 1956, visited 1946.

As described above.

Visited by OS(JLD) 12 September 1960.

No change to previous information.

Revised at 1:10,000.

Visited by OS(TRG) 15 September 1976.


Field Visit (6 September 1999)

NT70NE 15

Brownhart Law

Linear Earthwork

NT 78995 09626

NGR Desc: From NT 78958 09681 to NT 78995 09626. From NT 78999 09625 to NT 79051 09596.

The site is as described in the 1956 inventory and has been mapped as part of the Kale Water Survey project.On the NE slope of Brownhart Law there are the remains of a linear earthwork running NW to SE, between Hindhope Burn and Dere Street. The remains measure 132m in length overall and comprise two sections; the NW section of bank measures 72m in length, there is a gap of 5m, then the SE section continues towards Dere Street for a further 60m. For the Roman signal station to the E see NT70NE 16.

Visited by RCAHMS (MFTR) 6 September 1999

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Visibility: This is an upstanding building.

Information from Scottish Borders Council.


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