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Fort (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Yester

Classification Fort (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) Yester Castle

Canmore ID 71509

Site Number NT56NE 50

NGR NT 55560 66764

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council East Lothian
  • Parish Yester
  • Former Region Lothian
  • Former District East Lothian
  • Former County East Lothian

Archaeology Notes

NT56NE 50 NT 55560 66764

NT 555 667. Fort, Yester: visible on aerial photographs.

(Undated) information in NMRS.

Scheduled as Yester Castle, fort.

Information from Historic Scotland, scheduling document dated 21 March 1994.


Aerial Photographic Transcription (7 May 1991 - 14 June 1991)

An aerial transcription was produced from oblique aerial photographs. Information from Historic Environment Scotland (BM) 31 March 2017.

Note (9 December 2015 - 20 October 2016)

This fort is situated on a hillock on the escarpment overlooking Yester Castle from the W. This gully seems to have been sufficiently deep to protect the E flank, while elsewhere cropmarks have revealed an arc of up to three ditches, though the cropmarks are not particularly well defined on the W and S arcs. All three ditches are clearly visible only on the N, where the two inner ones are about 5m in breadth and set 20m apart, but they seem to converge around the SW flank; the rather narrower outermost one is no more than 3m broad and is only visible on the N. The featureless interior is semi-circular on plan and measures about 85m from N to S by 55m transversely (0.33ha) within the inner ditch; allowing for the presence of an inner rampart, it probably extends to some 0.25ha. The position of the entrance is not known.

Information from An Atlas of Hillforts of Great Britain and Ireland – 20 October 2016. Atlas of Hillforts SC3856


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