Scheduled Monument

Claypotts CastleSM90075

Status: Designated


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Date Added
Last Date Amended
Secular: castle
Local Authority
NO 45292 31955
345292, 731955


The monument comprises the remains of Claypotts Castle which stands on the eastern periphery of Dundee. The monument is in the care of the Secretary of State for Scotland.

Claypotts Castle comprises the remains of a fine 16th century towerhouse. It is characteristic of a form of towerhouse in which two round towers, built on opposite angles of the main building, give a plan resembling the letter 'Z'. The outstanding preservation of this particular monument is such that the original plan and details of construction can still be fully appreciated.

The area to be scheduled encompasses the castle itself and the surrounding area in the care of the Secretary of State, in which traces of associated outbuildings, and archaeological deposits relating to activity around the castle, may be expected to survive. It is irregular in shape with maximum dimensions of 60m NE-SW by 40m as marked in red on the accompanying map extract.

Statement of National Importance

The monument is of national importance as an outstanding example of 16th century defensive architecture. Its importance is reflected in its status as a Property in Care of the Secretary of State for Scotland.



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 43 SE 16.

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Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for the designation of buildings, monuments, gardens and designed landscapes and historic battlefields. We also advise Scottish Ministers on the designation of historic marine protected areas.

Scheduling is the way that a monument or archaeological site of national importance is recognised by law through the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979.

We schedule sites and monuments of national importance using the criteria published in the Historic Environment Scotland Policy Statement.

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