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Blairdrummond, motte 400m SSE of Old Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Trossachs and Teith, Stirling

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Coordinates

Latitude: 56.1636 / 56°9'49"N

Longitude: -4.0549 / 4°3'17"W

OS Eastings: 272486

OS Northings: 698673

OS Grid: NS724986

Mapcode National: GBR 17.HM0F

Mapcode Global: WH4NY.PB9R

Entry Name: Blairdrummond, motte 400m SSE of Old Farm

Scheduled Date: 17 December 1996

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6554

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Secular: motte

Location: Kincardine (Stirling)

County: Stirling

Electoral Ward: Trossachs and Teith

Traditional County: Perthshire

Description

The monument comprises the remains of a medieval motte surviving as a large earthen mound.

The monument lies in woodland at around 35m OD. It comprises a steep-sided motte up to 8m high above the surrounding land, its level top measuring about 17m by 21m. It is surrounded by a ditch some 2m wide, with traces of a bank about 0.5m high on the counterscarp on the N side.

It would originally have been the site of a timber castle of 12th century or slightly later date. The top and sides are obscured by vegetation and fallen trees, and a modern obelisk and retaining wall occupy parts of the summit.

The area to be scheduled encompasses the motte and an area around it in which traces of associated activity may be expected to survive. It is circular with a diameter of 80m as marked in red on the accompanying map. It excludes the above-ground stone-built features.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because of its potential to contribute to our understanding of high status medieval settlement.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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RCAHMS records the monument as NS 79 NW 18.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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