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Duns Law

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Record Detail

  • Organisation
    RCAHMS
  • Alternative name(s)
    DUNS LAW, FORT AND COVENANTER'S CAMP
  • Canmore ID
    58640
  • Site type
    FORT, REDOUBT
  • Parish
    DUNS
  • Council
    BERWICKSHIRE
  • NGR
    NT 78500 54680
  • Latitude, longitude
    55.78495N, 2.344387W
  • Archeological notes
    NT75SE 2 7850 5468. NT75SE 2.01 NT 7847 5472 Covenanters' Stone (NT 7850 5468) Duns Law (Fort) (NR) Camp (NR) (NT 7847 5472) Covenanters Stone (NR) OS 25"map, Berwickshire, (1906). On the summit of Duns Law, 700' above sea level, are the partially obliterated remains of a large fortified enclosure, surrounded by two concentric oval ramparts, and measuring some 700' by 550' over all. In the interior there are numerous circular and irregular foundations. The entrance appears to have been from the E. A small redoubt, 200' square, with diminutive bastions at the angles, formed of earth with a small trench in front, is considered to have been thrown up by General Leslie in 1639. RCAHMS 1915, visited 1908. Generally as described above, with evidence of at least three phases of occupation - an Iron Age fort, two Roman Iron Age settlements, a 17th century fort, and cultivation terraces. The Iron Age fort has been extensively mutilated by the cultivation terraces on the S and E, and by the two settlements which overlie the defences of the fort on the NE and S and therefore post-date it. The NE settlement comprises some 4 circular stone-walled houses and associated enclosures; that on the S, 2 houses and an enclosure. Re-surveyed at 1:2500. Visited by OS(RD) 3 September 1968. Listed. Photographed. RCAHMS 1980; CUCAP AP Catalogue. Additional aerial photographs taken by the RCAHMS in 1980. (Undated) information in RCAHMS. Scheduled as Duns Law, fort and Covenanter's Camp. Information from Historic Scotland, scheduling document dated 23 February 1996.
  • Architectural notes
    N/A

Related material information

PHOTOGRAPHS

  • 58640 (1975)
    General view.
  • 58640 (1992)
    Oblique aerial view.
  • 58640 (1992)
    Oblique aerial view.
  • 58640 (1992)
    Oblique aerial view.
  • 58640 ()
    Oblique aerial view.
  • 58640 (11/7/2005)
    General oblique aerial view centred on the town, with the remains of the redoubt and fort adjacent, taken from the N.
  • 58640 (1980)
    Oblique aerial view.
  • 58640 (1980)
    Oblique aerial view.
  • 58640 (1980)
    Oblique aerial view.

PRINTS AND DRAWINGS

  • 58640 (1910)
    (8) Plan, copy .

  • 58640 (1920)
    Notebook containing notes on Berwickshire Forts; list of Berwickshire Peels; separate list of Berwickshire Towers and Dovecots, "Particulars of Forts"

SCANNED IMAGES

  • 987751 (11/7/2005)
    General oblique aerial view centred on the town, with the remains of the redoubt and fort adjacent, taken from the N.

DIGITAL IMAGES

  • 1127615 (2/11/2008)
    Oblique aerial view of the remains of the fort and redoubt at Duns Law, taken from the NE.
  • 1127614 (2/11/2008)
    Oblique aerial view of the remains of the fort and redoubt at Duns Law, taken from the ENE.
  • 1127611 (2/11/2008)
    Oblique aerial view of the remains of the fort and redoubt at Duns Law, taken from the ESE.

1st edition 6-inch maps

TitleDateOther parishes/counties
 Ordnance Survey six-inch to the mile, Berwickshire, Sheet XVI1857

1st edition 25-inch maps

TitleDateOther parishes/counties
 Ordnance Survey 25 inch to the mile Berwick, Sheet 016.071857