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 what is the clump of trees at Dickmontlaw farm ?  
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keptie
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Posted - 14 Mar 2011 :  9:01:42 PM Show Profile Visit keptie's HomepageSend keptie a Private Message Reply with Quote
What is the Clump of trees nearto DICKMONTLAW FARM near Marywell called ?

I've always called it the "Clump" but has it got an official name on the OS ref . Why was it a clump of trees planted there or is there any historical reason for a clump to be planted there?

The "clump" of trees can be seen from miles around and must have been a good marker for WW1 and WW2 planes flying in this area and landing at RAF Montrose or at RNAS Condor etc



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Posted - 15 Mar 2011 :  12:00:37 AM Show Profile Visit exBraemar's HomepageSend exBraemar a Private Message Reply with Quote
Would that be the Law Hill? I'm not sure where Dickmontlaw is but I always believed the Law Hill was so called because hangings took place there way back when.
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I drove past it last week on my way to Auchmithie... It looks a bit sparse these days... I also knew it as the "Law Hill" like Braemar... not to be confused with the Dundee one..
As a young 'un we were told that "executed" criminals were put on gibbets to rot in days gone past... I personally think that this was just a tall tale as well as the "hanging" of criminals.. Hangings were generally done in public with great crowds way back in the past... with gibbets being adjacent to roads outside town..
So no help here except to confirm it was known as "Law Hill" locally!!


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As far as I can make out, on an OS map it goes by Dickmontlaw Cairn, possibly that would be where the farm derived it's name from ? As for the hanging of criminals, I am led to believe that they were transported to Montrose for execution,........................Bob

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the hill at the dickmontlaw is an old burial mound according to a history book i got from the library it said it goes back to the pict

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I recall visiting the McManus musuem in Dundee some years ago and they has a displpay all about the ancient burials remains that were discovered there. The hill has a commanding view all around the area, as Keptie ays it is used as a navigational guide by seafarers.

The story goes a less than well educated person used a digger to "look for treasure" in the mound and destriyed what was left of any archeological evidence.

from the gazzeteer "Dichmont, a hill-summit in St Vigeans parish, Forfarshire, 1 mile NE of St Vigeans village. It rises to an altitude of 323 feet above sea-level, and is crowned with a large hollow cairn or mound, anciently used as a seat of justice, and now clothed with greensward."

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I have always known these trees as the Law Hill,i used to go there ferreting when we were younger and used to climb among the trees and the cairn obviously not knowing what they were,i was told about the hangings the other day that may have occurred there,who knows it may be true,its something we may or may not ever verify but it will always be a significant landmark no matter what direction you approach Arbroath from.

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Posted - 25 Mar 2011 :  4:46:00 PM Show Profile Visit keptie's HomepageSend keptie a Private Message Reply with Quote
About two weeks ago I emailed Gordon Cook of the Arbroath Herald reporters office about this query of mine and there was a short query in the Auld Brothock section of the papers for Friday 18 March 2011 ...........

seems there have been folks phoning the office with info per today's Arbroath Herald (25 March



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Posted - 25 Mar 2011 :  7:42:44 PM Show Profile Visit keptie's HomepageSend keptie a Private Message Reply with Quote
Arbroath Herald Friday 25 march 2011 "Auld Brothock "

Will Lyall, has several paras reply about this and other of my queries and on this query Will says that the CLUMP of trees at Dickmontlaw , which he always knew as a child as " DICKIE'S KNAP " .

Today I phoned my good friend Will Lyall and he also mentioned some call it LAW HILL but I recall my Dad calling it just the CLUMP and he was from Hill Street arbroath !


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Dickmontlaw near Marywell the word Law I belived to be a Scottish saying for a hill like the the Sidlaws near Dundee and Normans law in Fife there is a ghost story about Dickmontlaw of Tam the Piper who got lost on the way back from Auchmithie and ended lost in a tunnel under the hill and some say on certain times you can hear his pipes there are a number of people ashes scattered at the Law including my good lady and you can see Dickmontlaw from many places as you approach Arbroath
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