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Inch Garvie,Firth of Forth,defensive installations

A Scheduled Monument in Inverkeithing and Dalgety Bay, Fife

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Latitude: 56.0009 / 56°0'3"N

Longitude: -3.3863 / 3°23'10"W

OS Eastings: 313642

OS Northings: 679528

OS Grid: NT136795

Mapcode National: GBR 21.TTDH

Mapcode Global: WH6S9.YFNH

Entry Name: Inch Garvie,Firth of Forth,defensive installations

Scheduled Date: 19 August 1996

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6436

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: 20th Century Military and Related: Battery

Location: Inverkeithing

County: Fife

Electoral Ward: Inverkeithing and Dalgety Bay

Traditional County: Fife


The monument consists of the remains of a succession of fortifications on the island of Inch Garvie. These range in date from the 16th century to the 20th century.

Inch Garvie was granted to John Dundas in 1491 by James IV with power to build a fort upon it. He did not do this, and James IV himself subsequently ordered a strong tower to be built in 1513. This castle is understood to have been subsequently used as a state prison, being re-fortified at the time. It was this tower which was occupied during Cromwell's campaign of 1650-51. Thereafter it was repaired and mounted with cannon during the Napoleonic war. The buildings and an additional battery were then described as ruinous.

The remains of this castle are incorporated in 20th century defences; these include gun emplacements, barracks and search-light emplacements, some of which were built by German prisoners-of-war during the 1914-18 conflict. One of the piers of the Forth Rail Bridge abuts the W end of the island, but is not included in the scheduling.

The whole island of Inch Garvie is to be scheduled. The only section to be excluded is where the island touches the Forth Bridge. The area to be scheduled is irregular in shape with dimensions of 330m from the W end of the island to the E by a maximum of 60m N-S, as marked in red on the accompanying map, and defined by the mean low water mark of ordinary spring tides.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because it is an important element in the defences of Scotland from the 16th century onwards. It has the potential to provide information on the defensive arrangements of each of the successive periods of defence and to provide evidence for the domestic and military life of the soldiers who garrisoned the island.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 7 NW 10.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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