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Desk Based Assessment

Date 8 July 1952

Event ID 686366

Category Recording

Type Desk Based Assessment


NO30SW 9 3495 0152

NO 3495 0152 Maiden Castle (Fort) (NR)

OS 6" map (1938)

Maiden Castle, Dunipace Hill - This steep conical knoll, of artificial construction is evidently a medieval mote-hill. Around the slopes, especially on the west and south there are indications of a slight terracing and a flattening of the ridge suggests that there has been an approach from the SSE. In the centre of the summit there is a hole, 3' deep and some 18' in diameter.

The site is traditionally associated with "Macduff, Thane of Fife". Hector Boece (1526) describing it as surrounded by 7 ramparts and ditches and as the remains of the place where for a long time lived the descendants of the "illustrious" Macduff.


Information from OS Index Card, (FKB) 8 July 1952

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