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Allt Dhuin Croisg, peat stores

A Scheduled Monument in Trossachs and Teith, Stirling

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Latitude: 56.5064 / 56°30'22"N

Longitude: -4.3852 / 4°23'6"W

OS Eastings: 253304

OS Northings: 737472

OS Grid: NN533374

Mapcode National: GBR HCKJ.62H

Mapcode Global: WH3KX.MQ1H

Entry Name: Allt Dhuin Croisg, peat stores

Scheduled Date: 19 November 2003

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM10720

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Killin

County: Stirling

Electoral Ward: Trossachs and Teith

Traditional County: Perthshire


The monument comprises the remains of at least ten peat stores, or stances, visible as upstanding drystone walls and earthworks. The stores probably date to the period around the agricultural Improvements of the 18th and 19th centuries, although they may have a longer history.

The peat stores lie between 320m to 350m OD on a steep SE-facing slope, immediately adjacent to the braided track that climbs the SE-facing slopes of Meall Ghaordaidh, to the W of the Allt Dhuin Croisg. The best preserved store, that farthest to the N, is rectangular on plan and measures 4.5m in length by 2.1m transversely within a drystone rubble wall 0.7m in thickness and up to 0.8m in height. The great majority are built perpendicular to the slope and are usually open on the upslope end. Several have been slightly terraced out on their downslope end to form a platform.

Such stores or stances are almost invariably placed adjacent to trackways where they were ideally placed for the final stacking of the peats before they were taken down to the farmsteads and townships. Each stance was probably used by the same household year after year, a practice which would have reduced the likelihood of confusion and dispute over the ownership of valuable fuel. The braided track to which these peat stores stand adjacent leads from the township of Tirai.

The area to be scheduled encompasses the visible features and the area immediately around and between them. It is irregular on plan with maximum dimensions of 170m from NNE to SSW by 70m transversely, as marked in red on the accompanying map. The current access track and its drains are excluded from the scheduling.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of the social and economic practices and conditions of the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. Its importance is greatly enhanced by being one element of a well-preserved landscape of contemporary rural settlement.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



The monument is recorded by RCAHMS as NN53NW 4.

Aerial Photographs Used:

AP 541/A/478 3217.

AP 541/A/391 4433.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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