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Watch Knowe, Caerlanrig

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Record Detail

  • Organisation
    RCAHMS
  • Alternative name(s)
    CAERLANRIG
  • Canmore ID
    53011
  • Site type
    FORT
  • Parish
    TEVIOTHEAD
  • Council
    ROXBURGHSHIRE
  • NGR
    NT 3987 0490
  • Latitude, longitude
    55.334453N, 2.94943W
  • Archeological notes
    NT30SE 2 3987 0490. (NT 3987 0490) Fort (NR) OS 6" map (1923) Fort, Watch Knowe, Caerlanrig. The fragmentary remains of a fort are situated a few yards N of Caerlanrig farmhouse, on a ridge overlooking the right bank of the River Teviot from a height of 730 ft OD. The descent from the ridge to the river, 200 ft below, is steep, but in all other directions the slopes are gentle. The remains csonsist of a stony, grass-covered bank about 3 ft high, with an external ditch, which runs from NE to SW along the axis of the ridge. The NE end of the bank can be seen to curve to the SE before it dies out, but most of the NE end and the whole of the SE side and the SW end of the fort have been obliterated. The total length was originally about 250 ft. The situation and appearance at the remains suggest that they are those of a ridge-fort of conventional type. RCAHMS 1956, visited 1948 Ridge Forts - a specialised class of IA hillfort. RCAHMS 1956 The remains of the fort are generally as described by RCAHMS. No trace was seen of the grass-covered bank 3 ft high, as mentioned, except for a short stretch on the NE side, where it is 0.3m internal height. The ditch, 0.4m maximum depth, runs along the base of a steep scarp, c. 3.0m high, which appears to be natural and composed of earth with occasional stretches of outcrop rock showing through. The counterscarp of the ditch has a slight mound on top evident for c. 38.0m, but this may be the result of the silting up of the soil along the base of the fence which follows the line of this side of the ditch. Revised at 6". Visited by OS (EGC) 19 July 1962
  • Architectural notes
    N/A

Related material information

PHOTOGRAPHS

  • 53011 (10/9/1997)
    Oblique aerial view of Caerlanrig centred on the remains of a fort with a farmhouse and steading adjacent, taken from the WSW.
  • 53011 (10/9/1997)
    Oblique aerial view of Caerlanrig centred on the remains of a fort with a farmhouse and steading adjacent, taken from the NW.
  • 53011 (10/9/1997)
    Oblique aerial view of Caerlanrig centred on the remains of a fort with a farmhouse and steading adjacent, taken from the NE.
  • 53011 (10/9/1997)
    Oblique aerial view of Caerlanrig centred on the remains of a fort with a farmhouse and steading adjacent, taken from the ENE.
  • 53011 (10/9/1997)
    Oblique aerial view of Caerlanrig centred on the remains of a fort with a farmshouse and farmsteading adjacent, taken from the NNE.
  • 53011 (10/9/1997)
    Oblique aerial view of Caerlanrig centred on the remains of a fort with a farmshouse and farmsteading adjacent, taken from the NE.
  • 53011 (10/9/1997)
    Oblique aerial view of Caerlanrig centred on the remains of a fort with a farmshouse and farmsteading adjacent, taken from the ENE.
  • 53011 (10/9/1997)
    Oblique aerial view of Caerlanrig centred on the remains of a fort with a farmshouse and farmsteading adjacent, taken from the E.
  • 53011 (10/9/1997)
    Oblique aerial view of Caerlanrig centred on the remains of a fort with a farmshouse and farmsteading adjacent, taken from the E.
  • 53011 (10/9/1997)
    Oblique aerial view of Caerlanrig centred on the remains of a fort with a farmshouse and farmsteading adjacent, taken from the ESE.
  • 53011 (10/9/1997)
    Oblique aerial view of Caerlanrig centred on the remains of a fort with a farmshouse and farmsteading adjacent, taken from the ESE.
  • 53011 (10/9/1997)
    Oblique aerial view of Caerlanrig centred on the remains of a fort with a farmshouse and farmsteading adjacent, taken from the SE.
  • 53011 (10/9/1997)
    Oblique aerial view of Caerlanrig centred on the remains of a fort with a farmshouse and farmsteading adjacent, taken from the SE.

1st edition 6-inch maps

TitleDateOther parishes/counties
 Ordnance Survey six-inch to the mile, Roxburghshire, Sheet XXXI1858
 Ordnance Survey six-inch to the mile, Dumfriesshire, Sheet XIX1857

1st edition 25-inch maps

TitleDateOther parishes/counties
 Ordnance Survey 25 inch to the mile Roxburgh, Sheet 031.151858