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Hallyards Cottages, moated settlement south of

A Scheduled Monument in Strathmore, Perth and Kinross

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Latitude: 56.604 / 56°36'14"N

Longitude: -3.1761 / 3°10'33"W

OS Eastings: 327897

OS Northings: 746412

OS Grid: NO278464

Mapcode National: GBR VD.GXVT

Mapcode Global: WH6PJ.58VM

Entry Name: Hallyards Cottages, moated settlement S of

Scheduled Date: 3 March 1999

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7262

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Secular: homestead moat

Location: Alyth

County: Perth and Kinross

Electoral Ward: Strathmore

Traditional County: Perthshire


The monument comprises a moated settlement of medieval and later date, visible as a series of cropmarks on oblique aerial photographs.

The monument lies in arable farmland at around 40m OD. It comprises a rectangular ditched enclosure, measuring at least 85m NNE-SSW by about 80m transversely, within a moat about 8m wide. The course of a stone wall is represented by a light cropmark on the interior of the ditch, about 5m from the inner edge of, and parallel to, the moat. The S side of the moat is not visible.

Moated settlements were high-status defended dwellings of the medieval period. Documentary records note the continued occupation of this particular example in 1506 and as late as 1727, although its origins are likely to have been several centuries earlier.

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 irregular in shape, with maximum dimensions of 225m between its N and S-most points and 190m between its E and W-most points, as marked in red on the accompanying map extract. Above-ground elements of the field division which bisects the site 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 an understanding of medieval and post-medieval high status settlement and economy.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 24 NE 9.

Aerial Photographs used:

RCAHMS (1989) B22708 NO24NE9.

RCAHMS (1990) B44130 NO24NE9.

RCAHMS (1994) PT/5791/TR NO24NE9.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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