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

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

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): 274, No.489 fig.184 Held at RCAHMS A.1.1.INV(5).R

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