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Auchterarder Castle

Castle (Medieval)

Site Name Auchterarder Castle

Classification Castle (Medieval)

Canmore ID 26102

Site Number NN91SW 5

NGR NN 9434 1334

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Perth And Kinross
  • Parish Auchterarder
  • Former Region Tayside
  • Former District Perth And Kinross
  • Former County Perthshire

Archaeology Notes

NN91SW 5 9434 1334.

(Name NN 9434 1334) Auchterarder Castle (NR) (Remains of)

OS 6" map, (1959)

Said to be a hunting seat of King Malcolm Kenmore (1057-1093) and to have been visited by Edward I in 1296. The castle was surrounded by a moat traces of which were still visible in 1899, when part of the donjon keep also remained. Presumably this was the 'remnant of wall' in the farm yard of Castle Mains mentioned in the ONB (1863). Stones from the castle have been used in neighbouring buildings.

OSA 1792; Name Book 1863; A G Reid 1899.

Part of the west and south walls, the former 5.5m high, of the keep are all that remain of Auchterarder Castle and are incoporated in a modern farm outbuilding. The published and only remains of the moat (south section) have been largely destroyed by landscaping.

Visited by OS (R D) 27 July 1967.


Archaeological Evaluation (2 June 2010 - 3 June 2010)

NN 9460 1339 An evaluation was carried out 2–3 June 2010 in relation to a proposed residential development. The area was considered sensitive due to its proximity to Auchterarder Castle (NN91SW 5). No significant archaeological deposits were recorded and all finds related to 19th- or 20th-century use of the site. The cropmark features which had been identified on aerial photographs appear to have been removed by successive deep ploughing.

Archive: RCAHMS. Report: Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust

Funder: Muir Homes

Watching Brief (18 March 2014 - 21 March 2014)

Alder Archaeology was commissioned by Scottish and Southern Energy to undertake an archaeological watching brief on the ground breaking works for the installation of a high voltage cable around the north side of Castle Mains Farm, which is located on the site of the medieval Auchterarder Castle. The watching brief was requested by Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust in response to the archaeological implications of ground works for the laying of the cable through this site. The cable trench also crossed a possible ditch or moat feature on the E side of Castle Mains. It is considered that the ditch feature, as identified by aerial photography, may have predated the castle. Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust had identified a zone of archaeological sensitivity that was centred on NGR NN 9438 1340 which extended over the site of Castle Mains and included the ditch feature. The development was linear in nature and comprised the excavation of a narrow cable trench, running through fields and a yard around the N side of Castle Mains The work (Alder site code AA 13) was undertaken during the period 18th -21st March in variable very wet, windy and dry weather conditions. Special attention was paid to the possibility of finding remains dating to the occupation of the medieval castle and the ditch feature. The watching brief recorded some large quarried angular stones, a group of small field boulders, that may have formed a wall, and the foundation remains of a 19th C agricultural building. An area of soft fill was encountered that could have possibly been the infilling of a ditch or moat feature and which contained some modern bones from a farm horse. No archaeological deposits were found that could specifically be identified as being the remains of a ditch or moat and also no remains were found that could be associated with any medieval activity relating to Auchterarder Castle.

Alder Archaeology Ltd. (R. Cachart) OASIS ID: alderarc1-185555


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