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Druidsfield stone circle, Montgarrie

A Scheduled Monument in Huntly, Strathbogie and Howe of Alford, Aberdeenshire

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Latitude: 57.2483 / 57°14'53"N

Longitude: -2.6995 / 2°41'58"W

OS Eastings: 357888

OS Northings: 817726

OS Grid: NJ578177

Mapcode National: GBR M9PK.Q26

Mapcode Global: WH7MS.H2RQ

Entry Name: Druidsfield stone circle, Montgarrie

Scheduled Date: 17 August 1925

Last Amended: 22 March 2002

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM19

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: stone circle or ring

Location: Tullynessle and Forbes

County: Aberdeenshire

Electoral Ward: Huntly, Strathbogie and Howe of Alford

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire


The monument comprises the remains of a stone circle of prehistoric date, visible as two standing stones. The monument was last scheduled in 1961. It is being rescheduled to clarify the location and extent of the protected area.

The monument lies on a slight ridge at c.140m OD, approximately 115m NNE of Druidsfield Farmhouse. Only two stones survive, both standing upright and set 4.6m apart. The E stone stands 2.1m high and is 1.3m wide by 0.5m in thickness. The W stone stands 2.3m high and is c.0.9m square at ground level. It is possible that the W stone may have been moved in antiquity, as it does not appear to align completely with the E stone. The recumbent stone was reputed to have been removed in 1830.

The area to be scheduled is a circle 40m in diameter, centred on the centre of the circle. It includes the remains of the stone circle and an area around it in which traces of activities associated with the construction and use of the monument may survive, as shown in red on the attached map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as the remains of a prehistoric stone circle and one of a cluster in the local vicinity. It has the potential to provide important information about prehistoric ritual activity in this area.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



The monument is recorded in RCAHMS as NJ 51 NE 1.


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Coles, F R (1901)'Report on the stone circles of the North'East of Scotland, Inverurie District, obtained under the Gunning Fellowship, with measured plans and drawings', Proc Soc Antiq Scot, 35, 1900'1, 209'10.

Keiller, A (1934)Megalithic monuments of the north'east Scotland, London, 12, 18.

NSA (1845)The new statistical account of Scotland by the ministers of the respective parishes under the superintendence of a committee of the society for the benefit of the sons and daughters of the clergy, 15v, Edinburgh, Vol. 12, (Aberdeen), 449'50.

Name Book (County)Original Name Books of the Ordnance Survey, Book no. 88, 85, 90.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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