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Gray Stone,standing stone,250m NNE of Knowes

A Scheduled Monument in Strathallan, Perth and Kinross

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Latitude: 56.2886 / 56°17'18"N

Longitude: -3.5817 / 3°34'54"W

OS Eastings: 302187

OS Northings: 711808

OS Grid: NO021118

Mapcode National: GBR 1S.7R9V

Mapcode Global: WH5PQ.Y6LF

Entry Name: Gray Stone,standing stone,250m NNE of Knowes

Scheduled Date: 9 January 1996

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6297

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: standing stone

Location: Dunning

County: Perth and Kinross

Electoral Ward: Strathallan

Traditional County: Perthshire


The monument comprises a standing stone of Neolithic or Early Bronze Age date.

The stone stands at around 250m OD on a site commanding extensive views, particularly to the N. It is some 2.1m high with a roughly triangular base measuring approximately 1.2m by 1.2m by 0.5m, and leans slightly to the W.

Locally known as the Gray Stone, it is the reputed burial place of the Mormaer of Atholl who was killed at the Battle of Duncrub in AD 964. However, the stone itself is likely to be of prehistoric date and probably represents a Neolithic or Early Bronze Age ritual monument.

The area to be scheduled encompasses the stone and an area around it in which traces of associated ritual activity may be expected to survive. It is a circle with diameter of 20m, lacking a chord on the ESE side, as marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because of its potential to contribute to our understanding of Neolithic and Bronze Age ritual practice. It may be expected that ritual deposits associated with the emplacement and use of the stone may survive around it.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 01 SW 11.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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