Little Carleton


Site Name Little Carleton

Classification Motte

Canmore ID 61979

Site Number NX18NW 3

NGR NX 1336 8952

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Administrative Areas

  • Council South Ayrshire
  • Parish Colmonell
  • Former Region Strathclyde
  • Former District Kyle And Carrick
  • Former County Ayrshire

Archaeology Notes

NX18NW 3 1336 8952.

(NX 1336 8952) Carleton Mote (NR)

OS 6" map (1957)

A motte - a nearly circular mound ranging in height from 6ft on the NE to 22ft on the SW, with a 20ft wide ditch round the base. Except on the north quadrant, the ditch has been completely obliterated by road making or cultivation, and the surviving portion, which is nowhere more than 1ft deep, is being rapidly ploughed away. Some slight indications of an upcast bank exist on the outer lip of the ditch on the NE side, but as it swings northwards the bank merges with the general slope of the hill and is lost. The top of the motte is level and void on plan measuring about 76ft in maximum length by 56ft broad. It is turf-covered, and shows no features of interest.

J Smith 1895; RCAHMS TS, 8 September 1955

A motte generally as described by the previous authorities. The top is divided by a slight scarp 0.3m high. The name 'Carleton Mote' is not used locally.

Resurveyed at 1:2500.

Visited by OS (JLD) 11 November 1955 and (RD) 10 December 1970

No change from previous field reports.

Visited by OS (JRL) 22 March 1977

Visible on a CUCAP aerial photograph.

(Undated) information in NMRS.

This motte stands to a height of 5.5m on the WNW but only 2.3m on the ENE; its level summit measures 23.5m ENE-WSW by 19m transversely.

Around the base, on the N and E, there are the remains of a ditch 7m broad and up to 0.5m deep.

RCAHMS 1981, visited 1981.



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