Mote Of Urr

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Alternative Names Motte Of Urr; Mote Of Galloway; Moat Of Urr
Site Type MOTTE AND BAILEY
Canmore ID 64982
Site Number NX86SW 1
NGR NX 81526 64684
Council DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY
Parish URR
Former Region DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY
Former District STEWARTRY
Former County KIRKCUDBRIGHTSHIRE
Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Archaeological Notes

NX86SW 1 81526 64684

(NX 8152 6467) Mote of Urr (NR)
OS 6" map (1957)

For successor structures, see NX86SW 6 and NX86SW 10.

A motte and bailey, excavated by Hope-Taylor in 1951 and 1953.
B Hope-Taylor 1952

The motte was built between c. 1130-1160, destroyed in 1174 and rebuilt 6' higher than before, having a central tower of timber with a heavy timber palisade, reinforced with rough stone and probably with 'turrets' abutting on its inner surface. A Burgh of Urr existed by 1262, but there seems little trace of occupation after the early 1300's. (B Hope-Taylor, CBA Scottish Group, 8th Report, 10-11)
RCAHMS 1914, visited 1911; B Hope-Taylor 1953; A Truckell and J Williams 1967.

Mote of Urr as described and planned.
Revised at 1/2500.
Visited by OS (WDJ) 15 July 1969.

 
Books and References

Coventry, M (2008) Castles of the Clans: the strongholds and seats of 750 Scottish families and clans, Musselburgh
Page(s): 27 Held at RCAHMS F.5.21.COV

Hope-Taylor, B (1952) 'Excavations at Mote of Urr. Interim report: 1951 season', Trans Dumfriesshire Galloway Natur Hist Antiq Soc, 3rd, vol.29
Page(s): 169-72

Hope-Taylor, B (1953) 'Mote of Urr', Discovery Excav Scot
Page(s): 10-11

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