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Archaeology Notes

Event ID 714339

Category Descriptive Accounts

Type Archaeology Notes


NT27SE 14.6 2614 7370

The Netherbow Port possibly dates back to the mid-twelfth century. It has been suggested that the earliest Netherbow Port might have stood in the neighbourhood of 'John Knox's House', where there is a 'suggestive break in the house fronts', but a plan of the city in 1544 clearly shows the port in line with St Mary's Wynd. The port, rebuilt in 1571, was said to have been in a semi-ruinous condition in 1762 and was demolished in 1764. Its position is marked in the roadway. Carved stones taken from it are within the enclosure railing of Moray-Knox Church.

R S Mylne 1912; H F Kerr 1933; RCAHMS 1951; A A M Duncan 1975; A S Simpson, S Stevenson and N Holmes 1951.

The line of the Flodden Wall is defined on the road surface by metal plates; the Port outline bears the date '? 1514'.

Visited by OS (JLD) 25 December 1953.

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