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Larabank Castle,motte

A Scheduled Monument in Johnstone North, Kilbarchan, Howwood and Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.7915 / 55°47'29"N

Longitude: -4.6686 / 4°40'6"W

OS Eastings: 232787

OS Northings: 658579

OS Grid: NS327585

Mapcode National: GBR 38.81RW

Mapcode Global: WH2N4.8P3J

Entry Name: Larabank Castle,motte

Scheduled Date: 3 March 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5644

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Secular: motte

Location: Lochwinnoch

County: Renfrewshire

Electoral Ward: Johnstone North, Kilbarchan, Howwood and Lochwinnoch

Traditional County: Renfrewshire

Description

The monument consists of the remains of a small motte, the site of a medieval castle, situated on the W side of the Lora Glen. The summit of a natural hill appears to have been artificially shaped to form a motte-like mound. The site is well defended on the E side by a steep drop. The external diameter of the feature is about 20m. The top of the mound is grass-grown and uneven.

There are no indications of building foundations, although there are several boulders in the garden and house of Lorabank which appear to have been worked. The area to be scheduled is oval and measures a maximum of 25m E-W by 30m N-S to be centred on the motte, as shown in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because it is an example of an early medieval fortification which potentially contains information, retrievable through excavation, which may increase our understanding of defensive technology, domestic occupation and material culture during the period of its construction and use.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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The monument is recorded in the RCAHMS as NS 35 NW 4.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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