Glenshee, Devil's Elbow

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Alternative Names Cowie Stop Line
Site Type PILLBOX (20TH CENTURY)
Canmore ID 107753
Site Number NO17NW 23
NGR NO 1422 7657
Council PERTH AND KINROSS
Parish KIRKMICHAEL (PERTH AND KINROSS)
Former Region TAYSIDE
Former District PERTH AND KINROSS
Former County PERTHSHIRE
Datum OSGB36 - NGR
NGR Desc c. NO 1422 7657

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Archaeological Notes

NO17NW 23.00 c.1422 7657

For pillbox 550m N see also NO17NW 24

NO17NW 23.01 From NO 1422 7668 to NO 1438 7660 Anti-tank blocks

A pillbox and two lines of anti-tank blocks have been identified from a vertical aerial photograph (RAF 1066/Scot/UK/64, 4024, flown 1946). The pillbox lies immediately to the SW of the upper bend in the A93 public road known as the Devils Elbow. Two lines of anti-tank blocks (NO17NW 23.01) in a chevron pattern can also be seen immediately to the N of the central bend, running down to the Allt a Choire Sheiridh.
The pillbox has been separated from the anti-tank blocks by the road improvement at this point, the two lines of anti-tank blocks survive, though those at the W (new road) end of the group have been reduced to small mounds of concrete. Construction of the anti-tank blocks has the appearance of layered blocks, they are also somewhat taller than those seen elswhere.
A 1950s photograph of the Devils Elbow and the anti-tank blocks can be viewed in the Glen Shee ski lodge to the N.
Information from RCAHMS (DE) October 1996

A double row of concrete anti-tank blocks, flat surface to flat surface.
J Guy 2000; NMRS MS 810/9

The possible type 22 pillbox was removed in the road improvement scheme.
Information from RCAHMS (DE), July 2005.

 
Books and References

Barclay, G J (2005) 'The Cowie Line: a Second World War 'stop line' west of Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire', Proc Soc Antiq Scot, vol.135
Page(s): 119-161

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