Scheduled Monument

Inchaffray,abbey and early monastic siteSM3200

Status: Designated


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Ecclesiastical: abbey; monastic settlement
Local Authority
Perth And Kinross
NN 95359 22581
295359, 722581


The monument consists of the ruined remains of an abbey together with an area around these, in which traces of other parts of the abbey, together with earlier structures, may survive.

The early monastic settlement is known to have been in existence by c. 1200, and by inference for many years before. It was adapted about that date to form an Augustinian Priory, and advanced to the status of Abbey in c. 1220.

The most substantial remains are of the W conventual range, the N gable of which still stands to full height. Collpased masonry of the other ranges and of the S wall of the church defines the cloister. A considerable area to W, N and E of the visible remains has consistently produced finds, and traces of masonry, which may be attributed to the ecclesiastical establishment.

The area to be scheduled is indicated in red on the accompanying plan. It excludes all modern boundaries, the line of the public road and an area for which planning permission to construct domestic housing has recently been granted.

Statement of National Importance

The monument is of national importance as a well-established religious community site pre-dating the reforms of the 12th and 13th centuries. As an Augustinian abbey of relatively small scale it has an added importance since the archaeology of such sites has been relatively little explored, but appears to be frequently atypical.



RCAHMS record the site as NN92SE 4.

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We make recommendations to the Scottish Government about historic marine protected areas, and the Scottish Ministers decide whether to designate.

Scheduling is the process that identifies, designates and provides statutory protection for monuments and archaeological sites of national importance as set out in the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979.

We schedule sites and monuments that are found to be of national importance using the selection guidance published in Designation Policy and Selection Guidance (2019)

Scheduled monument records provide an indication of the national importance of the scheduled monument which has been identified by the description and map. The description and map (see ‘legal documents’ above) showing the scheduled area is the designation of the monument under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979. The statement of national importance and additional information provided are supplementary and provided for general information purposes only. Historic Environment Scotland accepts no liability for any loss or damages arising from reliance on any inaccuracies within the statement of national importance or additional information. These records are not definitive historical or archaeological accounts or a complete description of the monument(s).

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