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Helenton Mote,motte

A Scheduled Monument in Kyle, South Ayrshire

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Latitude: 55.5473 / 55°32'50"N

Longitude: -4.5483 / 4°32'53"W

OS Eastings: 239330

OS Northings: 631126

OS Grid: NS393311

Mapcode National: GBR 3D.RK49

Mapcode Global: WH3QH.3TFR

Entry Name: Helenton Mote,motte

Scheduled Date: 13 April 1992

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5264

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Secular: motte

Location: Craigie/Symington (S Ayrshire)

County: South Ayrshire

Electoral Ward: Kyle

Traditional County: Ayrshire


The monument is a medieval motte, a mound on which would have stood a small castle, which occupies a large, partly natural mound beside the Pow Burn. The motte measures 35m in diameter overall and a maximum of 8.5m high. The remains of a mill-pond and stone wall associated with Helenton Mill survive between the motte and the burn.

The area to be scheduled includes the motte, the features associated with the mill and an area around them within which traces of activity associated with their use may be found. The area is bounded on the E by the Pow Burn, on the N by the field boundary, on the W by the road to Helenton Mains and on the S by the house. It measures 60m NNW-SSE

by 50m transversely, as marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a well-preserved motte which has the potential, through study and excavation, to enhance our understanding of the medieval period in Scotland.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NS 33 SE 7.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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