Ancient Monuments

History on the Ground

This site is entirely user-supported. See how you can help.

Law Knowe, motte 380m NNW of Mains of Murie

A Scheduled Monument in Carse of Gowrie, Perth and Kinross

We don't have any photos of this monument yet. Why don't you be the first to send us one?

Upload Photo »

Approximate Location Map
Large Map »

If Google Street View is available, the image is from the best available vantage point looking, if possible, towards the location of the monument. Where it is not available, the satellite view is shown instead.


Latitude: 56.3875 / 56°23'14"N

Longitude: -3.2461 / 3°14'45"W

OS Eastings: 323160

OS Northings: 722386

OS Grid: NO231223

Mapcode National: GBR 26.1GPM

Mapcode Global: WH6QG.3QH4

Entry Name: Law Knowe, motte 380m NNW of Mains of Murie

Scheduled Date: 3 November 1999

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7292

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Secular: motte

Location: Errol

County: Perth and Kinross

Electoral Ward: Carse of Gowrie

Traditional County: Perthshire


The monument comprises a motte of medieval date, visible as a grass-covered mound with nineteenth-century burials and a stone cross on its summit.

The monument comprises a circular flat-topped mound, measuring about 25m in diameter at the base and about 13m by 11m at the summit. It stands to a height of about 8m. Although the summit has been disturbed by the insertion of nineteenth-century graves and a stone cross, the remains of structures and deposits associated with the medieval occupation may be expected to survive.

Mottes are artificial mounds which formed the foundations for timber castles from the eleventh to the thirteenth centuries. They were generally accompanied by baileys (enclosed courtyards for ancillary buildings), although there is no visible trace of one at this site.

This motte was probably the caput of the Hays of Errol, who received the lands from William I in 1178-82. The 'Mote' of Errol is on record in 1507, and in 1546 there is a reference to the manor and fortalice, 'lie mote', of Errol.

The area proposed for scheduling comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related material may be expected to be found. It is circular with a diameter of 70m, as marked in red on the accompanying map extract. The scheduling does not include the 19th century burial-vault and stone cross, and also excludes all graves of nineteenth-century and later date.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because of its potential to contribute to our understanding of medieval high status settlement and economy.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 22 SW 2.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Other nearby scheduled monuments is an independent online resource and is not associated with any government department. All government data published here is used under licence. Please do not contact for any queries related to any individual ancient or schedued monument, planning permission related to scheduled monuments or the scheduling process itself. is a Good Stuff website.