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Kirkclaugh Mote,motte

A Scheduled Monument in Dee and Glenkens, Dumfries and Galloway

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Latitude: 54.8421 / 54°50'31"N

Longitude: -4.2845 / 4°17'4"W

OS Eastings: 253396

OS Northings: 552094

OS Grid: NX533520

Mapcode National: GBR HHSX.B54

Mapcode Global: WH3V3.5K09

Entry Name: Kirkclaugh Mote,motte

Scheduled Date: 24 August 1928

Last Amended: 2 May 1995

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM1121

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Secular: motte

Location: Anwoth

County: Dumfries and Galloway

Electoral Ward: Dee and Glenkens

Traditional County: Kirkcudbrightshire


Earlier 19th century. 3-storey 3-bay tenement with shop at ground and carriage pend to right; 3-storey projection to rear. Squared and snecked rubble with ashlar margins; window to each bay. At ground, plate glass shop window to left and glazed doorpiece at centre; modern beam supports upper floors. Gabled rendered 3-storey 2-bay wide and 2-bay deep jamb to rear, with entrance to flats; windows to gable end stepped.

12-pane timber sash and case windows (uPVC to upper front). Grey slated, coped rendered stack. Dark grey satellite dish to rear of right stack.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because it is a highly unusual arrangement of motte and bailey. Both are clearly defined and take their form from the topography of the cliff top site. It is of interest in the study of coastal strongholds as well as in the study of the use of natural topography in defensive structures. The combination of traces of walling in the bailey and below ground archaeology indicate a potential to provide important information about how this area was used, as well as adding to our knowledge of the construction and use of other similar structures.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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