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Fort (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Stuartslaw

Classification Fort (Period Unassigned)

Canmore ID 59686

Site Number NT85NE 8

NGR NT 86360 55360

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

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

Archaeology Notes

NT85NE 8 NT 86360 55360

(NT 8636 5536) Earthwork (NR) (site of)

Os 25"map, (1972).

Some 750 yds W of Stuartslaw is the site of a fort called Chesterknowes. The site is on a knoll at the bend of the Whiteadder Water, opposite Ninewells House. No traces of the fortifications remain.

RCAHMS 1915.

Carr refers to 'the considerable Roman encampment in the Merse' at Chesterknowes. It was of oblong rectangular form, extending E-W along the river and defended by a triple line of ramparts. Athough completely levelled in 1836, it was fairly entire in 1765 when seen by Dr Anderson (Statistical Account [OSA] 1795).

A A Carr 1836.

Situated in a loop of the Whiteadder Water at the E end of an arable field, the cropmarks of two possible ramparts are visible on aerial photographs. (Visible on RAF air photographs 106G/Scot/UK9: 7261). They enclose a roughly D-shaped area measuring 130.0m N-S by at least 170.0m transversely although no trace can be seen at the W end, which is overlooked by higher ground. There is nothing to be seen at this site, which is now under the plough.

The shape and position of the site appears to suggest an earthwork or settlement of possible Iron Age date, but does not suggest Roman origin. No finds have been made and the name could not be confirmed.

Site (centred NT 8636 5536) surveyed at 1:2500 from aerial photographs.

Visited by OS(RD) 23 February 1971.

Nothing is visible of this fort. Faint cropmarks possibly indicate double ditches on the N.

RCAHMS 1980.


Sbc Note

Visibility: This site is visible as a cropmark.

Information from Scottish Borders Council


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