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Rattray Line, pill box 80m east of Annachie Bridge

A Scheduled Monument in Peterhead North and Rattray, Aberdeenshire

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Latitude: 57.5678 / 57°34'3"N

Longitude: -1.825 / 1°49'30"W

OS Eastings: 410566

OS Northings: 853088

OS Grid: NK105530

Mapcode National: GBR P8VQ.GJW

Mapcode Global: WHBQ1.Y13T

Entry Name: Rattray Line, pill box 80m E of Annachie Bridge

Scheduled Date: 18 January 2010

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM11315

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: 20th Century Military and Related: Pillbox

Location: St Fergus

County: Aberdeenshire

Electoral Ward: Peterhead North and Rattray

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire


The monument comprises the remains of a well-preserved pill box situated behind the dune system stretching from the Rattray Head lighthouse shore station to the south. The pill box is part of a larger defensive anti-tank stop line of 14 intervisible pill boxes and associated defences erected during World War II to protect against landings on the beach south of Rattray Head.

The pill boxes are situated on the slope of an escarpment overlooking an area of flat land behind the rear slope of the dune system. This pill box is the most southerly in the line and is on the S bank of the Annachie burn and also protects the Annachie Bridge. The pill box is a type 24, although it lacks the normal internal ricochet wall.

The area to be protected is limited to the pill box and a small zone around the outer surface of the walls. The area is circular with a diameter of 9m as shown in red on the attached map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The well-preserved pill box which forms this monument is of national importance both as a part of a significant defensive line constructed along the Aberdeenshire coast during the Second World War, and as an illustration of the ways in which individual elements along that line could be adapted to the configuration of the terrain in which they were located. Its importance is accentuated by the extent of the line.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



The monument is recorded by RCAHMS as NK15SW 6.07.

The other pill boxes are scheduled as SM Nos 11307, 11308, 11309, 11310, 11311, 11312, 11313, 11314, 11316, 11317, 11318, 11319, 11320.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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