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Glenallan Cottages

Cist(S) (Bronze Age), Dagger (Bronze)

Site Name Glenallan Cottages

Classification Cist(S) (Bronze Age), Dagger (Bronze)

Alternative Name(s) Keir; Dunblane, Doune Road

Canmore ID 24693

Site Number NN70SE 33

NGR NN 7777 0146

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Stirling
  • Parish Dunblane And Lecropt
  • Former Region Central
  • Former District Stirling
  • Former County Perthshire

Archaeology Notes

NN70SE 33 7777 0146.

Four short cists were found sometime before 1878 when Glenallan Cottages, Dunblane, were being built. They were found 15ins below the top of a gravel mound which was being cut back to give more light to the cottages.

Two of the cists were destroyed before they could be examined. The third contained remains of an inhumation and an item of bronze. The fourth cist contained two food vessels.

The 'bronze item' is almost certainly a blade identified by Coles (J M Coles 1962) as a Ewart Park sword but typical of a flat-rivetted knife-dagger (Fox and Grimes Archaeol Camb Vol.83, 137), now in the Smith Institute Museum, Stirling (Accession no.AM l). Also in the museum are a tripartite food vessel (A Young 1953) and another (Accession nos.AP 3 and 4), again almost certainly, the two food vessels from the fourth cist.

A Croall 1879; A B Barty 1944; Catalogue of the Smith Institute 1934.

Glenallan Cottages are centred at NN 778 014. The cists were probably found at about NN 7777 0146.

Visited by OS (RDL) 10 January 1964.

Mr Thompson (Mr K Thomson, Curator, Smith Institute), verified that the bronze dagger (Acc.No.256) and the urn, restored, (Acc.No.267) and urn fragments (Acc.No.268) are those from the cists at Glenallan Cottages.

Visited by OS (RD) 11 November 1968.

(Dagger of Merthyr Mawr type - provenanced as Keir, Perthshire - Doune Road). Cist in gravel mound, inhumation. Flat dagger, straight heel with three rivet-holes with two rivets still in position; omega-shaped hilt-mark; bevelled edges; present length 11.8cm; present width 4.1cm. Stirling Museum (A 259).

S Gerloff 1975.


Note (1979)

Glenallan Cottages NN 777 014 NN70SE 33

Four cists were found when the cottages were being constructed; two were destroyed and only part of an 'urn' was found, but the third contained an inhumation with a bronze dagger and the fourth two Food Vessels (SAGMS A256, A267 and A268 respectively).


Croall 1879, 28-31; Thomson 1971, 225-7


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