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Belliduff, cairn 380m north east of Belmont Castle

A Scheduled Monument in Strathmore, Perth and Kinross

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Latitude: 56.5844 / 56°35'3"N

Longitude: -3.1592 / 3°9'33"W

OS Eastings: 328894

OS Northings: 744212

OS Grid: NO288442

Mapcode National: GBR VF.4237

Mapcode Global: WH6PJ.FRVP

Entry Name: Belliduff, cairn 380m NE of Belmont Castle

Scheduled Date: 15 December 1998

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7325

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: cairn (type uncertain)

Location: Meigle

County: Perth and Kinross

Electoral Ward: Strathmore

Traditional County: Perthshire


The monument comprises a burial cairn of prehistoric date, visible as a grass covered stony mound.

The monument lies at the side of an arable field, at around 60m OD. It consists of a circular stony mound or cairn, measuring about 15m in diameter and about 1.8m in height. Limited excavations of its surface during the nineteenth century revealed the remains of a burial cist at a shallow depth below the summit.

The remains of this excavation are represented by a slight hollow on the present surface of the cairn. Further burials may be expected to be preserved within and below the cairn.

The cairn is characteristic of funerary monuments of the Neolithic and Bronze Age periods.

The area proposed for scheduling comprises the cairn and an area around it within which related material may be expected to be found. It is a truncated circle on plan with a maximum diameter of 40m, as marked in red on the accompanying map extract. The field wall which bounds the monument on its NE side is itself excluded from the scheduling.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because of its potential to contribute to our understanding of prehistoric funerary and ritual practices. Its importance is enhanced by its proximity to other monuments of potentially contemporary date.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 24 SE 15.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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