Balmaclellan Mote

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Site Type MOTTE
Canmore ID 64193
Site Number NX67NE 1
NGR NX 6525 7930
Council DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY
Parish BALMACLELLAN
Former Region DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY
Former District STEWARTRY
Former County KIRKCUDBRIGHTSHIRE
Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Archaeological Notes

NX67NE 1 6525 7930

(NX 6525 7930) Balmaclellan Mote (NR)
OS 6" map (1957)

Balmaclellan Mote, a motte (R W Feachem 1956), is a truncated cone in shape, 18' high with a flat summit 38' in diameter. Its base is surrounded by a 12' wide ditch, 2' deep on the SW side, but under crop to the N, its extent being marked by the deeper green of the crop on that side when visited by the RCAHMS.
Coles was informed that it was partly excavated by a Dr Murray of Balmaclellan, but did not know the results.
F R Coles 1892; RCAHMS 1914, visited 1911; R W Feachem 1956.

This motte consists of a sand and gravel mound, 27.0m in diameter and 5.1m high with a flat top 11.0m in diameter. The ditch has been ploughed out.
Surveyed at 1/2500.
Visited by OS (JP) 28 May 1975.

 
Books and References

Coles, F R (1892) 'The motes, forts, and doons of the Stewartry of Kirkcudbrightshire', Proc Soc Antiq Scot, vol.26
Page(s): 160-1

Feachem, R W (1956a) 'Iron Age and early medieval monuments in Galloway and Dumfriesshire', Trans Dumfriesshire Galloway Natur Hist Antiq Soc, 3rd, vol.33
Page(s): 64

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): 27, No.37 Held at RCAHMS A.1.1.INV(5).R

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