The fermtoun at Easter Bleaton is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a post-medieval rural farming settlement. The stone footings of at least fifty-two buildings together with enclosures, grain-drying kilns and a series of retting pools for processing wool survive in remarkable completeness. From the disposition of the buildings it is possible to identify at least eight different farmsteads, perhaps reflecting the properties of individual tenants. The layout of the village illustrates the transition from pre-Improvement nucleated (tightly clustered) townships to the dispersed farmsteads of the post-Improvement era. Easter Bleaton therefore offers a valuable insight into rural farming life in the Cateran area at an important time of change.