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Jackschairs Wood,fort 300m ESE of Netherholm

A Scheduled Monument in Almond and Earn, Perth and Kinross

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Latitude: 56.3347 / 56°20'5"N

Longitude: -3.5027 / 3°30'9"W

OS Eastings: 307192

OS Northings: 716831

OS Grid: NO071168

Mapcode National: GBR 1W.4YWK

Mapcode Global: WH5PL.51BK

Entry Name: Jackschairs Wood,fort 300m ESE of Netherholm

Scheduled Date: 4 August 1955

Last Amended: 15 December 1992

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM1597

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 is a fort of the Iron Age, 1500 to 2500 years old.

The fort is situated on a knoll at the SE end of Jackschairs Wood. It is defended by four lines of defence. To the NE these appear as, from interior outwards, two terraces, two ramparts with two ditches and a possible counterscarp bank at the edge of the plantation. The

defences continue around the rest of the fort, but on the SW, where there is a steep slope, they appear only as slight terraces. The entrance it to the E. The monument is under open woodland.

The present scheduled area only covers part of the monument. The area to be scheduled includes the fort and an area around it within which traces of activity associated with its use may be found. The area measures 110m NE-SW by 100m transversely and is bounded on the NE and SE sides by the plantation boundary. The modern field boundary features are excluded from the scheduling.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a relatively undisturbed fort, which has escaped damage by modern ploughing in an area where most sites of this period have been ploughed flat. It therefore has the potential to enhance considerably our understanding of prehistoric settlement and defence in this part of Perthshire.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 01 NE 20.


Christison, D. (1900) 'The forts, 'camps', and other field-works of Perth, Forfar and Kincardine', Proc Soc Antiq Scot, vol. 34, 106.

Ordnance Survey (1859) Object Name Books of the Ordnance Survey, Book No. 28, 20.

Skene, W. F. (1828-51) 'Observations on Forteviot, the site of the ancient Capital of Scotland', Archaeol Scot, vol. 4, 276.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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