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Leuchars Castle, enclosures 700m north of

A Scheduled Monument in Tay Bridgehead, Fife

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Latitude: 56.3961 / 56°23'45"N

Longitude: -2.8906 / 2°53'26"W

OS Eastings: 345124

OS Northings: 723005

OS Grid: NO451230

Mapcode National: GBR 2M.0YB6

Mapcode Global: WH7RR.KHRJ

Entry Name: Leuchars Castle, enclosures 700m N of

Scheduled Date: 23 January 1998

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7098

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: enclosure (domestic or defensive)

Location: Leuchars

County: Fife

Electoral Ward: Tay Bridgehead

Traditional County: Fife


The monument comprises a group of enclosures of prehistoric date, visible as cropmarks on oblique aerial photographs.

The monument lies in arable farmland at around 10m OD. It comprises a group of conjoined rectilinear enclosures, and a number of solitary enclosures, measuring between about 15m to 40m across, together with a number of lengths of ditch. There are two disc-shaped cropmarks measuring about 8m in diameter, one of which is almost completely enclosed by a C-shaped ditch. There is one ring-ditch about 8m in overall diameter, and several pits. The discs and ring-ditch represent the remains of former timber roundhouses.

The area proposed for scheduling includes the remains described and an area around them within which related material may be expected to survive. It is an irregular quadrilateral in shape with maximum dimensions of 350m NE-SW by 180m NW-SE as marked in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because of its potential to contribute to our understanding of prehistoric settlement and economy. Its importance is increased by its proximity to other sites of potentially contemporary date.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 42 SE 32.

Aerial Photographs used:

RCAHMS (1988) A56969 NO42SE32.

RCAHMS (1990) F/6416/TR NO42SE32.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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