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Meikleour House, motte west of

A Scheduled Monument in Strathtay, Perth and Kinross

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Latitude: 56.5327 / 56°31'57"N

Longitude: -3.3776 / 3°22'39"W

OS Eastings: 315364

OS Northings: 738698

OS Grid: NO153386

Mapcode National: GBR V7.QK7T

Mapcode Global: WH6PT.22WB

Entry Name: Meikleour House, motte W of

Scheduled Date: 17 December 1998

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7293

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Secular: motte

Location: Caputh

County: Perth and Kinross

Electoral Ward: Strathtay

Traditional County: Perthshire


The monument comprises a motte of medieval date, visible as a grass-covered mound.

The monument is situated at the edge of the River Tay, at around 40m OD, in the grounds of Meikleour House. It consists of a circular flat-topped mound, measuring about 22m in diameter at the summit. It stands to a height of about 5m on the SSE and 3.5m on the NE. A slight depression on the summit indicates the site of a former dovecot.

Motte are artificial mounds upon which timber castles were built. They generally date to the 12th century AD and slightly later.

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 circular with a diameter of 50m, 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 our understanding of medieval high status settlement and economy.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 13 NE 87.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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