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Law of Dumbuils, fort

A Scheduled Monument in Almond and Earn, Perth and Kinross

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Latitude: 56.3365 / 56°20'11"N

Longitude: -3.4549 / 3°27'17"W

OS Eastings: 310150

OS Northings: 716962

OS Grid: NO101169

Mapcode National: GBR 1Y.4PT2

Mapcode Global: WH5PD.WZZR

Entry Name: Law of Dumbuils, fort

Scheduled Date: 23 February 2001

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM9439

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: fort (includes hill and promontory fort)

Location: Forgandenny

County: Perth and Kinross

Electoral Ward: Almond and Earn

Traditional County: Perthshire


The monument comprises the remains of a fort of probable Iron Age date.

The monument occupies the summit of a rocky knoll at the base of the Ochil Hills, overlooking the valley of the River Earn to the E. The fort is roughly egg-shaped on plan, defined by a large stone and earth rampart on the N and E sides and defended by steep natural slopes on the S and W.

The rampart measures a maximum of 2m high and is spread up to 8m wide, enclosing an area about 130m E-W by a maximum of 80m N-S. Two smaller external ramparts give additional protection on the NW side, where the main entrance is situated. A second entrance may be located on the E side. At least one circular building stance has been recorded within the interior of the fort.

The area to be scheduled comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related material may be expected to be survive. It is sub-circular with maximum dimensions of 120m N-S by 175m E-W as marked in red on the accompanying map. The above-ground elements of the fence running within the S portion of the scheduled area are specifically 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 prehistoric defended settlement and economy. Its importance is increased by the apparent re-use and multi-period nature of the remains.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 11 NW 19.

Aerial photographs used:

RCAHMS (1979) PT/6292.

RCAHMS (1979) PT/6293.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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