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Inchaffray,abbey and early monastic site

A Scheduled Monument in Almond and Earn, Perth and Kinross

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Latitude: 56.3839 / 56°23'2"N

Longitude: -3.6962 / 3°41'46"W

OS Eastings: 295366

OS Northings: 722583

OS Grid: NN953225

Mapcode National: GBR 1N.1PLJ

Mapcode Global: WH5P3.6S5W

Entry Name: Inchaffray,abbey and early monastic site

Scheduled Date: 29 June 1972

Last Amended: 17 August 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM3200

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Ecclesiastical: abbey

Location: Madderty

County: Perth and Kinross

Electoral Ward: Almond and Earn

Traditional County: Perthshire


The monument consists of the ruined remains of an abbey together with an area around these, in which traces of other parts of the abbey, together with earlier structures, may survive.

The early monastic settlement is known to have been in existence by c. 1200, and by inference for many years before. It was adapted about that date to form an Augustinian Priory, and advanced to the status of Abbey in c. 1220.

The most substantial remains are of the W conventual range, the N gable of which still stands to full height. Collpased masonry of the other ranges and of the S wall of the church defines the cloister. A considerable area to W, N and E of the visible remains has consistently produced finds, and traces of masonry, which may be attributed to the ecclesiastical establishment.

The area to be scheduled is indicated in red on the accompanying plan. It excludes all modern boundaries, the line of the public road and an area for which planning permission to construct domestic housing has recently been granted.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a well-established religious community site pre-dating the reforms of the 12th and 13th centuries. As an Augustinian abbey of relatively small scale it has an added importance since the archaeology of such sites has been relatively little explored, but appears to be frequently atypical.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS record the site as NN92SE 4.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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