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Ryehill, ring-ditch 290m north west of

A Scheduled Monument in Blairgowrie and Glens, Perth and Kinross

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Latitude: 56.5771 / 56°34'37"N

Longitude: -3.2591 / 3°15'32"W

OS Eastings: 322742

OS Northings: 743507

OS Grid: NO227435

Mapcode National: GBR VB.PNTJ

Mapcode Global: WH6PG.XY68

Entry Name: Ryehill, ring-ditch 290m NW of

Scheduled Date: 16 October 1997

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7324

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: house

Location: Bendochy

County: Perth and Kinross

Electoral Ward: Blairgowrie and Glens

Traditional County: Perthshire


Built in 1767, with the first floor and attic raised in 1787-8, a 2-storey, 4-bay, rectangular plan Roman Catholic Seminary built in the guise of a farmhouse. There is a single storey late 18th century cottage to the right and a roofless outbuilding to the left, which together with the seminary form a U-plan court.

The seminary is built of rubble stone and is lime harled. The principal (west) elevation of the seminary has irregular window openings and a central 2-leaf timber door. Above the entrance is a small rectangular recess (probably a blocked window from the 1767 building). The first floor windows are slightly larger than the ground floor windows. The north gable has a first floor door (to provide access to the chapel) but the external stair no longer survives.

The windows are predominantly lying pane glazing in timber frames. The roof has Tomintoul slates, straight skews and tooled granite ridge and end chimney stacks. There are two late 18th century single storey, lean-to extensions at the rear elevation.

The interior was seen in 2016. The interior was restored in the 1990s when the layout of the building was returned to that of the 18th century seminary. Most of the internal walls are finished in pointed rubble stone, although there are some areas of walls which retain plaster and layers of old wallpaper. It has panelled doors. The ground floor has stone flags, the first and attic floor are timber. The first floor chapel at the north end and has a small timber altar. There are stone fireplaces at the ground and first floors on the end walls.

The single storey cottage to the right of the seminary dates to the late 18th century. It is built of rubble laid in shallow courses and has harl pointing. The south (entrance) elevation is 3 bays with a central later lean-to porch. There is a 2-bay extension to the east gable. The north (rear) elevation has a single central window. The roof has been replaced with corrugated asbestos sheeting and there are straight skews and chimney stacks to the gables. The interior of the cottage was not seen in 2016.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because of its potential to contribute to our understanding of prehistoric settlement and economy. Its importance is increased by its proximity to other monuments of potentially contemporary date.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



Canmore: Canmore ID 117667

Printed sources:

Walker, D. and Woodworth, M (2015) The Buildings of Scotland: Aberdeenshire North and Moray. London: Yale University Press. p.502.

Online Sources

Scottish Church Heritage Research. Scalan Roman Catholic Seminary, Glenlivet at [accessed 09/08/2016].

Moray Council. Moray SMR - NJ21NW0004 - SCALAN [accessed 09/08/2016].

Watts, J. The story of Scalan at [accessed 09/08/2016].


Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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