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Coupar Grange, monastic grange north west of

A Scheduled Monument in Blairgowrie and Glens, Perth and Kinross

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Latitude: 56.5735 / 56°34'24"N

Longitude: -3.262 / 3°15'43"W

OS Eastings: 322562

OS Northings: 743110

OS Grid: NO225431

Mapcode National: GBR VB.PVK7

Mapcode Global: WH6PN.V1WH

Entry Name: Coupar Grange, monastic grange NW of

Scheduled Date: 16 October 1997

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7327

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Ecclesiastical: grange/farm - secular buildings associated

Location: Bendochy

County: Perth and Kinross

Electoral Ward: Blairgowrie and Glens

Traditional County: Perthshire


The monument comprises the remains of a monastic grange of Medieval date, represented by a series of cropmarks visible on oblique aerial photographs.

The monument lies on level ground in arable farmland at around 45m OD. It comprises a series of features mainly contained within a large rectilinear enclosure. Within the enclosure are a number of rectangular cropmarks, measuring up to 20m in length, which appear to represent the remains of substantial rectangular buildings. There are also numerous pits, lengths of ditch, and other amorphous cropmarks which appear to represent associated lesser structures.

The remains represent the original Coupar Grange, a large centralised farm formed to consolidate the land holdings of Coupar Angus Abbey following its establishment in the mid-12th century. The farm would have been worked by lay brethren and would have supplied the subsistence needs of the abbey. The buildings would have included domestic accommodation, storage buildings, stables, kitchens and other specialised buildings.

The area proposed for scheduling comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related deposits may be expected to be found. It is irregular in shape with maximum dimensions of 240m N-S by 220m EW, as marked in red on the accompanying map extract. Above-ground elements of modern field boundaries are excluded from the scheduling.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because of its potential to contribute to our understanding of the organisation of the medieval monastic economy.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 24 SW 74.

Aerial Photography used:

RCAHMS (1989) B17406/CN NO24 SW74.

RCAHMS (1989) B17408/CN NO24SW74.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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