Scheduled Monument

Daviot CastleSM5486

Status: Designated


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The legal document available for download below constitutes the formal designation of the monument under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979. The additional details provided on this page are provided for information purposes only and do not form part of the designation. Historic Environment Scotland accepts no liability for any loss or damages arising from reliance on any inaccuracies within this additional information.


Date Added
Supplementary Information Updated
Secular: castle; tower
Local Authority
Planning Authority
Daviot And Dunlichity
NH 72910 40689
272910, 840689


The monument consists of the remains of Daviot castle, which date from the early fifteenth century. The castle occupies a prominent spur 100m NNE of House of Daviot and is thought to have been built by David, first Earl of Crawford (c.1359-1407). The castle is thought to have consisted of a square building surrounded by a thin curtain wall incorporating round-towers at each of its four corners. It is defended by steep natural slopes on its N, E and W sides, a ditch and gatehouse probably protected the

S approach.

The surviving upstanding remains consist of the NE tower, a portion of the curtain wall, several portions of mortared masonry and traces of the foundations of the SE tower. The random-rubble coursed tower has an interior diameter of 4m within walls 1.8m thick, the curtain wall is 0.7m thick and extends for 0.5m from the S portion of the tower. The castle ruins survived till 1840 when they were all but destroyed to provide lime for manure.

The area to be scheduled is rectangular, measuring a maximum of 40m E-W by 55m N-S, to include the upstanding remains, the outlying buried remains of the castle and an area of surrounding ground which is likely to contain evidence of activity associated with the castle, as shown in red on the accompanying map.

Statement of National Importance

The monument is of national importance because it consists of the remains of a fifteenth century castle which provide evidence, and have the potential to provide further evidence through excavation and analysis, for defensive architecture, domestic occupation, and material culture during the period of its construction and use.



RCAHMS records the monument as NH 74 SW 4.

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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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