Irvine, Perceton House, Walled Garden
Alternative Names Perceton House Policies
Site Type MOATED SITE, PALISADED ENCLOSURE, STRUCTURE(S), WALLED GARDEN
Canmore ID 215293
Site Number NS34SE 7.01
NGR NS 3533 4077
Council NORTH AYRSHIRE
Former Region STRATHCLYDE
Former District CUNNINGHAME
Former County AYRSHIRE
Datum OSGB36 - NGR
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C14 Radiocarbon Dating
C14 radiocarbon dating
|Notes and Activities|
Notes NS34SE 7.01 3533 4077
NS 3533 4077 An archaeological evaluation was undertaken in advance of a housing development at Perceton. This established the survival of truncated medieval and post-medieval features within a walled garden. Subsequent excavation recorded evidence for a palisade enclosing a substantial timber building accessed through a defended entrance. The residence is believed to be of relatively high status, and pottery dating is consistent with it originating in the 14th century following the seizure and redistribution of the Perceton lands by Robert the Bruce. A sub-rectangular ditched enclosure replaced the palisade in the later medieval period and is likely to belong to a class of moated site associated with the lesser nobility throughout Britain. The area of excavation covered the NE part of this enclosure, which contained no evidence of an internal structure. A stretch of drystone facing against the interior side of the ditch may have been constructed around an entrance. Metalworking debris was associated with a kiln or furnace base and an adjacent structure outside the ditch. The land was converted into a garden in the 17th or 18th century, associated with either the surviving Perceton House or its immediate predecessor.
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S Stronach 2001.
|Books and References|
Coventry, M (2008) Castles of the Clans: the strongholds and seats of 750 Scottish families and clans, Musselburgh
Page(s): 32 Held at RCAHMS F.5.21.COV
Stronach, S (2001d) 'Perceton, Irvine, North Ayrshire (Dreghorn parish), medieval enclosed residence', Discovery Excav Scot, vol.2