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Abernethy Round Tower and Pictish symbol stone

A Scheduled Monument in Almond and Earn, Perth and Kinross

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Latitude: 56.333 / 56°19'58"N

Longitude: -3.3118 / 3°18'42"W

OS Eastings: 318990

OS Northings: 716393

OS Grid: NO189163

Mapcode National: GBR 23.4ZYH

Mapcode Global: WH6QT.327X

Entry Name: Abernethy Round Tower and Pictish symbol stone

Scheduled Date: 28 April 1920

Last Amended: 25 August 1998

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM90005

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Crosses and carved stones: symbol stone; Ecclesiastical: tower

Location: Abernethy

County: Perth and Kinross

Electoral Ward: Almond and Earn

Traditional County: Perthshire


The monument comprises a medieval round tower, and a Pictish symbol stone, in the care of the Secretary of State for Scotland. It is being re-scheduled to clarify the extent of the protected area.

The monument is situated in the centre of Abernethy. It comprises a round tower some 22m high by about 5m in diameter, dating from the end of the 11th century. It is one of only two round towers of this date surviving in Scotland. The tower has an iron joug or pillory attached to it, and a Pictish symbol stone built into its wall.

The area to be scheduled encompasses the remains described and a small area around them in which traces of associated activity may be expected to survive. It is circular with a diameter of 8m, as marked in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a rare example of a medieval round tower. Its importance is reflected in its status as a Property in Care of the Scottish Ministers.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 11 NE 1.


Brash, R. R. (1862) The round tower of Abernethy, with drawings', Proc Soc Antiq Scot, vol. 3.

Childe, V. G. (1961) Guide to the Ancient Monuments of Scotland, 112.

Small, A. (1823) Interesting Roman Antiquities recently discovered in Fife, Edinburgh, 12-16.
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Designation TypeListed Building (A)StatusRemoved

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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