In December 2012 we undertook a metal detecting survey on two plots of land to the east of Dunblane prior to proposed development. Known as Dykedale and Dairymans, both sites are located within the boundary of the Battle of Sheriffmuir fought in 1715, as defined and protected by Historic Scotland. As a result of this sensitive location an archaeological condition was placed upon the development by Stirling Council. The plots were to be archaeologically evaluated through a metal detector survey, with the aim of identifying any metallic material relating to the Battle of Sheriffmuir.
A detailed historical assessment of the sites showed neither to have any previously recorded settlement, but both to have been involved in the military engagement of November 13th 1715. It was shown the two sites lay on the route of advance taken by the Government troops prior to the battle. This applies to Dykedale in particular, with Dairymans on the periphery of the advance. Following the initial engagement, the Jacobite right wing routed the Government left and the pursuit of the fleeing Government soldiers would have taken them across both development sites.
Only 19th and 20th century metal detritus of limited archaeological interest was found, apart from one pistol ball and a heavily worn metal coin, both recovered at Dairymans. These two artefacts, may be tentatively tied to the Battle of Sheriffmuir, fought in 1715 and are indicative of the sites location on the periphery of the battlefield.
The assessment recovered any valuable archaeological artefacts present on the site and allowed the development to proceed unhindered by archaeological constraints.
OASIS Entry and report download.