Scheduled Monument

Easter Pitcorthie, standing stone, Standing Stone Walk, DunfermlineSM792

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
Last Date Amended
Prehistoric ritual and funerary: standing stone
Local Authority
NT 11389 86318
311389, 686318


The monument comprises a standing stone which originally stood on the crest of slightly rising ground. Its modern setting is within an area paved with granite setts, adjacent to Standing Stone Walk in the Pitcorthie estate, Dunfermline. The monument was first scheduled in 1939 but an inadequate area was included to protect all of the remains: the present scheduling rectifies this. Standing stones such as this generally date to between 2500 and 1500 BC.

The monument is a massive angular sandstone block and stands about 1.6m high (from the current ground level). Its maximum width is 1.6m N-S by 1.1m W-E maximum.

The original setting, and any stone packing around the base, has been obscured by the modern setting of the stone. In 1972 the stone was set in a pavement of granite setts to form a feature in a green space within what was then a new housing estate.

The area to be scheduled is a circle 10m in diameter, to include the stone and an area around it in which evidence relating to its construction and use may survive, as marked in red on the accompanying map. The scheduling includes the pavement of granite setts around the stone, as this cannot be maintained or removed without potential damage to the stone and any associated deposits. The scheduling excludes the surface of Standing Stone Walk to allow for its routine maintenance.

Statement of National Importance

The monument is of national importance as a well-preserved and massive standing stone, which retains the potential to enhance our understanding of prehistoric ritual practices. Although its setting has been compromised, the area around the stone has escaped the deep ploughing inherent in modern farming techniques, which often affects ancient monuments in the countryside. This means that the area around the Easter Pitcorthie stone has the potential, unusually in lowland Scotland, to preserve the remains of burials or other associated evidence.



RCAHMS 1933 Inventory of the Monuments of Fife etc. No. 208, 127.

The monument is recorded by RCAHMS as NT 18 NW 4.

About Scheduled Monuments

Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating sites and places at the national level. These designations are Scheduled monuments, Listed buildings, Inventory of gardens and designed landscapes and Inventory of historic battlefields.

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).

The format of scheduled monument records has changed over time. Earlier records will usually be brief. Some information will not have been recorded and the map will not be to current standards. Even if what is described and what is mapped has changed, the monument is still scheduled.

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