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Moncreiffe Hill, fort 800m north west of Moncreiffe House

A Scheduled Monument in Almond and Earn, Perth and Kinross

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Latitude: 56.3634 / 56°21'48"N

Longitude: -3.4077 / 3°24'27"W

OS Eastings: 313128

OS Northings: 719900

OS Grid: NO131199

Mapcode National: GBR 20.32D9

Mapcode Global: WH6QK.MBH2

Entry Name: Moncreiffe Hill, fort 800m NW of Moncreiffe House

Scheduled Date: 23 January 2001

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM9438

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Dunbarney

County: Perth and Kinross

Electoral Ward: Almond and Earn

Traditional County: Perthshire


The monument comprises the remains of a fort of late Iron Age or Early Historic date.

The monument is situated at around 175-185m OD on a craggy height with cliffs on the S and steep slopes on the other sides. These natural defences have been augmented by a defensive wall, of which only traces now remain, encircling the natural plateau of the hill top.

Traces of ramparts and an entrance can also be seen on the SE side. The interior of the fort is uneven in places with substantial outcrops of bedrock, and no internal features have been identified from the surface remains.

The area proposed for scheduling is sub-circular, with maximum dimensions of 110m E-W by 70m N-S, to include all the features described and an area around them in which evidence relating to the construction and use of the fort may survive, 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 prehistoric defended settlement and economy. Its importance is increased by its proximity to other monuments of potentially contemporary date.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 11 NW 7.


Christison, D. (1900) 'The forts, 'camps', and other field-works of Perth, Forfar and Kincardine', Proc Soc Antiq Scot, vol. 34, 80.

Ordnance Survey (Name Book) Object Name Books of the Ordnance Survey, Book No. 23, 11.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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