Motte And Bailey
Site Name Mote Of Urr
Classification Motte And Bailey
Alternative Name(s) Motte Of Urr; Mote Of Galloway; Moat Of Urr
Canmore ID 64982
Site Number NX86SW 1
NGR NX 81526 64684
Datum OSGB36 - NGR
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- Council Dumfries And Galloway
- Parish Urr
- Former Region Dumfries And Galloway
- Former District Stewartry
- Former County Kirkcudbrightshire
NX86SW 1 81526 64684
(NX 8152 6467) Mote of Urr (NR)
OS 6" map (1957)
A motte and bailey, excavated by Hope-Taylor in 1951 and 1953.
B Hope-Taylor 1952
The motte was built between c. 1130-1160, destroyed in 1174 and rebuilt 6' higher than before, having a central tower of timber with a heavy timber palisade, reinforced with rough stone and probably with 'turrets' abutting on its inner surface. A Burgh of Urr existed by 1262, but there seems little trace of occupation after the early 1300's. (B Hope-Taylor, CBA Scottish Group, 8th Report, 10-11)
RCAHMS 1914, visited 1911; B Hope-Taylor 1953; A Truckell and J Williams 1967.
Mote of Urr as described and planned.
Revised at 1/2500.
Visited by OS (WDJ) 15 July 1969.