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Moated Site (Medieval)

Site Name Clochfoldich

Classification Moated Site (Medieval)

Canmore ID 26358

Site Number NN95SW 16

NGR NN 9001 5278

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

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

Archaeology Notes

NN95SW 16 9001 5278.

NN 900 527. Homestead moat, Cloichfoldich.

Information from RCAHMS plan by R W Feachem (see archive)

(NN 9001 5278) A rectangular 'homestead'. Dry ditch on three sides and ravine on fourth.

Information from M E C Stewart to OS 14 December 1964.

A well-preserved earthwork, probably of medieval date, as planned by RCAHMS. It is placed on the N brink of a river terrace, and a deep stream gully forms its E side. Nearly square on plan, the level interior measures 36.0m NNW-SSE by 34.0m, and is bounded on the N by a rampart 4.0m wide and 1.0m high. There is no trace of the rampart continuing along the other three sides. A ditch averaging 8.0m wide and 2.0m deep flanks the N and W sides, and continues as a terrace cut into the natural escarpment on the S. A rampart 5.0m wide and 1.0m high has been upcast on the outside edge of the ditch in the W. A modern access track has mutilated the NW corner, and has exposed, on the lip of the internal area, four contiguous stones which appear to be the foundation of a wall running N-S.

Surveyed at 1:2500.

Visited by OS (A A) 24 February 1975.

This site is listed in an Atlas of Scottish History (McNeill and MacQueen 1996) as a moated site.

Information from RCAHMS (DE) September 1997.


Field Visit (16 August 1942)

This site was included within the RCAHMS Emergency Survey (1942-3), an unpublished rescue project. Site descriptions, organised by county, vary from short notes to lengthy and full descriptions and are available to view online with contemporary sketches and photographs. The original typescripts, manuscripts, notebooks and photographs can also be consulted in the RCAHMS Search Room.

Information from RCAHMS (GFG) 10 December 2014.

Field Visit (5 May 1958)

Homestead Moat, Clochfoldich

This structure stands at a height of 320 ft OD on the bank of the Allt Mor 540 yds SE of Clochfoldich house between the road from Logierait to Aberfeldy and the River Tay. It is square on plan, measuring 125 ft in either direction within a ditch that abuts to the E on the steep slope leading to the burn. The lip of the sector of this that borders the interior to the N is crowned by the slight remains of a low bank, but this does not appear elsewhere. Likewise a low stony mound about 20 ft in width borders the outer lip of the W sector but does not appear on the N lip. To the S, where the ditch lies along the descent to the River Tay, it is represented by a scarp which falls to a terrace the outer it is of which carries on the line of the W mound. It is possible that no defences were ever built along the lip of the descent to the burn. The entrance is a gap in the NW corner between the N end of the W mound and the W end of the N sector of the ditch. The interior is featureless.

NN 900 527

Visited by RCAHMS 5 May 1958

Field Visit (1996 - 2003)

Russell Coleman managed an Historic Scotland funded project to record medieval moated sites in Scotland. Gazetteers were produced for each regional council area between 1996 and 2002 with an uncompleted overall review in 2002-03. The results of the first year of the project were published in Tayside and Fife Archaeological Journal, Volume 3 (1997).


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