Cally Motte

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Alternative Names Cally House; Cally Palace; Moat Park
Site Type MOTTE
Canmore ID 64042
Site Number NX65NW 7
NGR NX 6063 5560
Former District STEWARTRY
Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Archaeological Notes

NX65NW 7 6063 5560.

(NX 6063 5560) Mote (NR)
OS 6" map (1957)

Cally Motte. The well-preserved mound of a 12th century castle is in the wood S of Bush Bridge. Its circular summit is 80' in diameter, standing 12' - 16' above a 15' wide ditch.
RCAHMS 1914, visited 1911; I F MacLeod 1969

Generally as described. Name not confirmed.
Revised at 1/2500.
Visited by OS (DWR) 21 February 1972

Within the policies of Cally Palace and some 200m E of Cally Avenue, this motte is situated on a ridge in mixed woodland; it is ditched on all but the E side with faint traces of a counterscarp bank, more substantial at the E end. It measures 26m from NW to SE by 21m transversely and stands up to 4.5m in height from the bottom of the ditch which is 7m wide by 2m deep. There is a low bank around the top of the motte. The Forestry Commission have made two stepped paths onto the top of the motte as part of an interpretative scheme.
Visited by RCAHMS (PJD) 19 April 1990.

14 September 2012 to 15 September 2012

Notes The results of a detailed topographical survey and geophysical survey that was undertaken at Moat Park motte, Galloway between 14/09/12 and 15/09/12 on behalf of Forestry Commission Scotland. The topographical survey of the remains covered an area of approx. 6000m2, centred on the summit of the mound. Geophysical prospection was confined to the summit of the mound were evidence for settlement activity was identified that possibly related to a once-off conflagration event.
Information from Oasis (rubiconh1-135389) 3 April 2013

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Books and References

MacLeod, I F (1969a) Gatehouse-of-Fleet and Ferrytown of Cree: ancient monuments and historic sites, Studies in Grey Galloway, 2 Newton Stewart
Page(s): 8, no.55 Held at RCAHMS D.3.23.GAT.P

O'Flaherty, E (2013) Girthon, Moat Park Motte, Survey Discovery Excav Scot, New, vol.13 Cathedral Communications Limited, Wiltshire, England.

RCAHMS (1914) The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments and Constructions of Scotland. Fifth report and inventory of monuments and constructions in Galloway, II, county of the Stewartry of Kirkcudbright, Edinburgh
Page(s): 91, No.170 Held at RCAHMS A.1.1.INV(5).R

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