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Brownies Knowe, stone circle & cup-marked stone 400m WNW of Rosemount

A Scheduled Monument in Strathmore, Perth and Kinross

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Latitude: 56.463 / 56°27'46"N

Longitude: -3.3637 / 3°21'49"W

OS Eastings: 316065

OS Northings: 730925

OS Grid: NO160309

Mapcode National: GBR V8.GNJC

Mapcode Global: WH6Q0.9TG9

Entry Name: Brownies Knowe, stone circle & cup-marked stone 400m WNW of Rosemount

Scheduled Date: 23 January 2001

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7304

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: stone circle or ring

Location: St Martins

County: Perth and Kinross

Electoral Ward: Strathmore

Traditional County: Perthshire


The monuments comprise a stone circle and a cup-marked stone of prehistoric date.

The monument lies in a clearing within a conifer plantation at around 110m OD. The stone circle consists of 6 fallen stones which form the southern arc of a circle with a diameter of c. 9m. The stones measure up to 2.2m in length. The stone circle probably originally comprised 10 standing stones.

A cup-marked boulder lies some 18m to the SW of the stone circle. This boulder measures about 1.1m by 0.85m by 0.5m in height. It has at least nine cup-marks, measuring up to 60mm in diameter, on its S face. Cup-marks are decorative circular depressions carved into standing stones, outcrops of bedrock and boulders, and are sometimes found arranged in patterns with other motifs. They date to the Neolithic.

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 kite-shaped, measuring a maximum of 45m along its long axis, and 30m across its short axis, to include the circle and the cup-marked boulder and an area around and between them in which related material is likely to survive, 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 prehistoric ritual practices. Its importance is increased by its proximity to other monuments of potentially contemporary date.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 13 SE 15 and 28.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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