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Publication Account

Date 1985

Event ID 1016142

Category Descriptive Accounts

Type Publication Account

Permalink http://canmore.org.uk/event/1016142

The earthen mound at Castle Law is a 7m - 8m high cone with a flattened, somewhat oval summit up to 21m across, which would have been surmounted by a strong palisade protecting a wooden tower. The motte stands on top of a steep bank rising from the Leet Water. It is surrounded by a ditch some 9m wide and up to 3m deep, with further defences probably extending westwards along the edge of the ravine, which would doubtless have included a bailey or larger enclosure housing a wider range of domestic buildings.

Information from 'Exploring Scotland's Heritage: Lothian and Borders', (1985).

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