Denoon Glen

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Denoon, a glen, traversed by a burn, in Glamis and Eassie parishes, W Forfarshire. Rising on the north-eastern slope of Auchterhouse Hill (1399 feet), the burn winds 6¼ miles north-by-westward, till it falls into Dean Water, at a. point 2¾ miles WNW of Glamis village. The Sidlaws at its head and along its course have altitudes of from 1200 to 600 feet above sea-level; and the tracts flanking its lower parts subside into the plain of Strathmore. Vestiges of an ancient fortification, crowning isolated Denoon Law (689 feet) within the glen, 2½ miles SW of Glamis village, comprise foundations of a circular wall 1020 feet in circumference and faint traces of interior buildings, and bear the name of Denoon Castle. The circular wall is believed to have been 30 feet broad and 27 feet high, and the entire fortification is supposed to have been designed as a place of retreat in times of danger.—Ord. Sur., shs. 48,56, 1868-70.

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