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Craignavar, deserted township

A Scheduled Monument in Strathearn, Perth and Kinross

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Latitude: 56.4646 / 56°27'52"N

Longitude: -3.8228 / 3°49'22"W

OS Eastings: 287785

OS Northings: 731764

OS Grid: NN877317

Mapcode National: GBR JCXM.RM3

Mapcode Global: WH5NN.7SW0

Entry Name: Craignavar, deserted township

Scheduled Date: 5 November 2003

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM10853

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Secular: settlement, including deserted, depopulated and townships

Location: Fowlis Wester

County: Perth and Kinross

Electoral Ward: Strathearn

Traditional County: Perthshire


This monument comprises a deserted township of post-medieval date, visible as upstanding remains. The site is situated on a terrace 240m above the northern bank of the River Almond.

The remains of the township comprise 15 unroofed structures, six enclosures and a corn kiln. Several of the buildings are divided into two and three compartments, a typical building measures 23m by 5.5m with walls 0.60m in width and upto 3m in height. The buildings exist in varying states of preservation indicating a range of stuctures and possible continual re-use of a settlement area over time.

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 and measuring at most 350m E-W by 80m N-S as marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because of its potential to contribute to an understanding of post-medieval settlement and economy. Its importance is increased by its proximity to other monuments of potentially contemporary date. However, although there are a number of deserted settlements within the locality, there are no others in the Glen Almond valley as large or as well preserved as this site. The corn-drying kiln in particular is exceptional, both in size and condition. Although large kilns are not uncommon in Pethshire, ones as large as this are normally associated with lairdship sites.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NN83SE 4.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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