Mote Of Urr

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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Administrative Areas

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

Archaeology Notes

NX86SW 1 81526 64684

(NX 8152 6467) Mote of Urr (NR)

OS 6" map (1957)

For successor structures, see NX86SW 6 and NX86SW 10.

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.

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