Cally Motte

Motte

Site Name Cally Motte

Classification Motte

Alternative Name(s) Cally House; Cally Palace; Moat Park

Canmore ID 64042

Site Number NX65NW 7

NGR NX 6063 5560

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Administrative Areas

  • Council Dumfries And Galloway
  • Parish Girthon
  • Former Region Dumfries And Galloway
  • Former District Stewartry
  • Former County Kirkcudbrightshire

Archaeology Notes

NX65NW 7 6063 5560.

(NX 6063 5560) Mote (NR)

OS 6" map (1957)

Cally Motte. The well-preserved mound of a 12th century castle is in the wood S of Bush Bridge. Its circular summit is 80' in diameter, standing 12' - 16' above a 15' wide ditch.

RCAHMS 1914, visited 1911; I F MacLeod 1969

Generally as described. Name not confirmed.

Revised at 1/2500.

Visited by OS (DWR) 21 February 1972

Within the policies of Cally Palace and some 200m E of Cally Avenue, this motte is situated on a ridge in mixed woodland; it is ditched on all but the E side with faint traces of a counterscarp bank, more substantial at the E end. It measures 26m from NW to SE by 21m transversely and stands up to 4.5m in height from the bottom of the ditch which is 7m wide by 2m deep. There is a low bank around the top of the motte. The Forestry Commission have made two stepped paths onto the top of the motte as part of an interpretative scheme.

Visited by RCAHMS (PJD) 19 April 1990.

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