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Loch of Leys, crannog 400m north of Lochton of Leys

A Scheduled Monument in Banchory and Mid Deeside, Aberdeenshire

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Latitude: 57.0702 / 57°4'12"N

Longitude: -2.4886 / 2°29'19"W

OS Eastings: 370470

OS Northings: 797792

OS Grid: NO704977

Mapcode National: GBR X4.8LQK

Mapcode Global: WH8PS.RK48

Entry Name: Loch of Leys, crannog 400m N of Lochton of Leys

Scheduled Date: 2 February 1988

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4466

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Secular: crannog (with post-prehistoric use)

Location: Banchory-Ternan

County: Aberdeenshire

Electoral Ward: Banchory and Mid Deeside

Traditional County: Kincardineshire


The monument is a crannog in Loch of Leys, which was drained in 1850. The crannog was then partially excavated by J H Burnett who discovered it to be 60m long by 30m wide and founded on oak and birch logs laid alternately filled up by earth and stones, the whole revetted on all sides by oak piles. The crannog seems to have been in use in the 14th century and may have been abandoned around the middle of the 16th century. It had on it a 3 roomed house. The area to be scheduled is oval measuring 80m EW by 60m NS and comprises the crannog and an area immediately around it in which objects associated with its use may be expected to survive.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a fine example of a late medieval crannog with a house on it. It is of particular interest because of the likelihood of good preservation of organic materials in the vicinity of the crannog and it is of national importance for its potential to increase our knowledge of medieval rural buildings and material culture.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



The monument is recorded in the RCAHMS as NO 79 NW 2.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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