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Craigmill Cottage, fort 230m SSE of

A Scheduled Monument in Strathearn, Perth and Kinross

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Latitude: 56.3345 / 56°20'4"N

Longitude: -3.7492 / 3°44'56"W

OS Eastings: 291954

OS Northings: 717169

OS Grid: NN919171

Mapcode National: GBR 1L.4X9K

Mapcode Global: WH5PG.C1XP

Entry Name: Craigmill Cottage, fort 230m SSE of

Scheduled Date: 30 November 2000

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7731

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: fort (includes hill and promontory fort)

Location: Trinity Gask

County: Perth and Kinross

Electoral Ward: Strathearn

Traditional County: Perthshire


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

The monument lies in arable farmland at around 35m OD. It comprises a D-shaped fort, the NE side of which is defined by two curving, parallel ditches. The ditches are about 10m apart, and both measure about 3m wide. Between the two ditches, but following the same course, is a palisade trench.

A palisade is a timber fence of closely spaced posts set into a narrow continuous trench. There are no ditches evident at the SW side of the monument, where the ground falls away sharply to the River Earn, forming the straight side of the 'D-shape'. The monument measures about 100m NNW-SSE by about 50m transversely. Forts such as this are characteristic of the Iron Age, although they may be even older.

The area proposed for includes the remains described and an area around them within which related material may be expected to be found. It is sub-circular measuring about 140m NNW-SSE by about 70m SW-NE, 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 an understanding of prehistoric defended settlement and economy.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NN 91 NW 13.

Aerial Photographs used:

CUCAP (1959) AAJ 7 NN91NW13.

CUCAP (1959) AAJ 8 NN91NW13.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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