Annan, Mote Of Annan
Motte And Bailey (medieval)
Site Name Annan, Mote Of Annan
Classification Motte And Bailey (medieval)
Alternative Name(s) Annan Castle; Moat House; River Annan
Canmore ID 66490
Site Number NY16NE 4
NGR NY 1920 6675
Datum OSGB36 - NGR
- Council Dumfries And Galloway
- Parish Annan
- Former Region Dumfries And Galloway
- Former District Annandale And Eskdale
- Former County Dumfries-shire
See also under Annan burgh ( ).
(NY 1920 6675) Mote (NR)
OS 6" map (1947)
The Mote of Annan was a 12th. century mote-castle. The mote itself is some 50 feet high with a level top measuring 50 feet by 22 feet. A broad trench separates it from the base-court which extends southwards for about 270 feet. The mote and probably the base court, too, was surrounded by a trench on those sides away from the river; but the whole site has been much affected by the formation of the garden in which it stands.
This motte and bailey is generally as described above. The level area at the summit of the motte proper is now reduced, caused by a change of course of the River Annan to a ridge-like strip 3.0m broad and 7.0m long. The broad trench separating the motte from the bailey has a depth of 1.5 metres below the level of the bailey.
Revised at 25".
Visited by OS (RDL) 27 February 1963
No change to previous field report.
Visited by OS (JP) 22 February 1973.
Listed as Annan, motte-and-bailey and medieval pottery.
See also 'Inventory of Dumfries', 1920, p. 3.
Robert the Bruce's Stone.
Receipt by James Ramie to Mr George Blaire, Clerk of Annan, factor to the Marquess of Annandale, for eighteen pence 'for hewing and laying ane harth of stoune in Richard Grahame of Blackwood's house in Annan where Robert the Bruce's stoune was taken out for the said noble Marques his use'.
13 November 1723 Couchers George Blair's accounts NRA(S) 393 Bundle 168
(Johnstone of Annandale).
(Undated) information in NMRS.
Scheduled as 'Mote of Annan, motte-and-bailey castle, 70m SSW of Moat House... [situated] between the W edge of the town of Annan and the E bank of the River Annan at 10m above sea level.'
Information from Historic Scotland, scheduling document dated 19 December 2007.