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Law Hill, fort

A Scheduled Monument in Carse of Gowrie, Perth and Kinross

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Latitude: 56.418 / 56°25'4"N

Longitude: -3.3462 / 3°20'46"W

OS Eastings: 317049

OS Northings: 725902

OS Grid: NO170259

Mapcode National: GBR V9.5DMN

Mapcode Global: WH6Q6.KYS7

Entry Name: Law Hill, fort

Scheduled Date: 28 December 1971

Last Amended: 7 December 1998

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM3089

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: fort (includes hill and promontory fort)

Location: Kilspindie

County: Perth and Kinross

Electoral Ward: Carse of Gowrie

Traditional County: Perthshire


The monument comprises a hillfort of prehistoric date. The monument is being rescheduled to extend protection to cover the whole of the archaeologically sensitive area.

The monument occupies the summit and upper slopes of Law Hill, at around 260m OD. It comprises a hillfort measuring approximately 160m N-S by about 90m transversely, within a stone wall measuring up to 6m thick and about 0.4m in height. Surrounding this wall for its entire circuit is an earthen rampart, with additional outer ramparts to the NW. Partly overlying these NW ramparts are the remains of a 'chevaux de frise'; a defensive feature comprising pointed stones set into the ground to deter attack and impede access. Around 100 stones of this remain in situ.

The interior of the fort contains a cairn, at the highest point, and a pond or cistern in the NW corner. There are entrances at the N, S, E, and W, and an annexe to the SSW which contains a hut circle. A further hut circle with associated enclosures lies outside the fort to the SE.

The area proposed for scheduling comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related material may be expected to be found. It is irregular in shape, measuring 280m from its northernmost point to its southernmost point and 200m from its easternmost point to its westernmost point, as marked in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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