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St Madoes standing stones 200m WNW of Pitfour Castle

A Scheduled Monument in Carse of Gowrie, Perth and Kinross

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Latitude: 56.3744 / 56°22'27"N

Longitude: -3.3015 / 3°18'5"W

OS Eastings: 319711

OS Northings: 720991

OS Grid: NO197209

Mapcode National: GBR 24.287H

Mapcode Global: WH6QM.813N

Entry Name: St Madoes standing stones 200m WNW of Pitfour Castle

Scheduled Date: 11 August 1965

Last Amended: 29 October 2003

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM1578

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: standing stone

Location: St Madoes

County: Perth and Kinross

Electoral Ward: Carse of Gowrie

Traditional County: Perthshire


The monument comprises two standing stones and third, fallen stone, all erected at a prehistoric date.

The stones are located in the grounds of a primary school in St Madoes. The N stone is the tallest, standing some 1.6m high with a base measuring some 1.1m by 1.1m, and has several cup-marks on its E and W faces. The S standing stone is some 1.5m tall with a base some 0.9m by 1.1m. Within a metre of this stone lies a recumbent slab some 1.3m by 0.6m which may once have formed part of the setting.

The area to be scheduled comprises the stones and an area around them in which traces of associated activity may be expected to survive. It is irregular and measures 9m by 4m, as marked in red on the accompanying map. This replaces the earlier scheduling, which did not cover a sufficient area to protect all of the archaeology and was incorrectly titled.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because of its potential to contribute to an understanding of prehistoric ritual practices. The northern upright has a band of 14 cupmarks on its western face and 53 others scattered over its eastern face, a feature which is not common in lowland Perthshire.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO12SE 20.


Stewart M E C 1967b, 'Pitfour, Glencarse, pair of standing stones', DISCOVERY EXCAV SCOT, 44-45.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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