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Enclosure (Period Unassigned), Motte And Bailey (Medieval), Rig And Furrow (Medieval)

Site Name Ladykirk

Classification Enclosure (Period Unassigned), Motte And Bailey (Medieval), Rig And Furrow (Medieval)

Alternative Name(s) Fairfield

Canmore ID 59522

Site Number NT84NE 15

NGR NT 89320 47720

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Scottish Borders, The
  • Parish Ladykirk
  • Former Region Borders
  • Former District Berwickshire
  • Former County Berwickshire

Archaeology Notes

NT84NE 15 NT 89320 47720

(NT 8932 4772) Earthwork (NR)

OS 1:10,000 map, (1980).

This earthwork, which is probably of medieval date, has been severely reduced by ploughing. Formerly it comprised a roughly circular low mound measuring 50m by 44m, which was flanked on the W and NE by a broad ditch and on the SE by steep river cliffs. Around the N and W edges of the summit of the mound there was a low bank, and the entrance lay on the W. RCAHMS 1915; 1980, visited 1979.

A now crescent-shaped mound, 1.2m high, with a summit measurement of 56m by 40m. A broad shallow ditch runs N from the W, fading out on the N.

On the S, the mound falls away down to the river; there are a large number of stones lying on this side. The bank on the W side noted by the RCAHMS is now ploughed out.

Visited by OS(JD) 11 January 1955.

A few years ago an attempt was made by the farmer to level this site and it is now visible as an oval, flat-topped mound measuring 66.0m ENE-WSW by 53.0m transversely with a maximum height of 1.3m. Slight traces of a ditch survive on the W. Numerous dressed stones on the S side suggest that a substantial building (? castle or tower) formerly stood here.

Resurveyed at 1:2500.

Visited by OS(RD) 6 December 1971.

Photographed by RCAHMS, flown 1977.


Field Visit (22 October 1908)

192. Fort, Fair Field, Ladykirk.

At the south side of the Fair Field, about ¼ mile east of Ladykirk Church and at the top of the Blount Bank, on the north side of the Tweed, is a circular mound (fig. 93 [DP 225491]) with an elevation at highest of some 8 feet 6 inches and a summit measurement of about 162 feet by 144 feet. On the west, where the ground on the outside is higher, there is a shallow trench, crowning the scarp of which is a low bank about 2 feet high; The entrance has been from the north-east.

RCAHMS 1915, visited 22nd October 1908

OS Map: Ber., xxiii. NE. and xxiv. NW.

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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