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Motte (Medieval)

Site Name Cantraydoune

Classification Motte (Medieval)

Alternative Name(s) Cantray Doune

Canmore ID 14190

Site Number NH74NE 7

NGR NH 7889 4609

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Croy And Dalcross (Nairn)
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Nairn
  • Former County Nairn

Archaeology Notes

NH74NE 7889 4609.

(NH 7889 4609) Motte (NR)

OS 6" map, Inverness-shire, 2nd ed., (1906)

An artificial mound of clay, some 60 to 70ft high and about 200 yards in circumference at base (17 yards circumference on top). It is surrounded on three sides by a low stone wall, and on the E by the Burn of Cantraydoune.

Name Book 1870.

A large earthen mound about 16m high, surrounded by a partially ruined retaining wall, maximum height 1.2m, which is of the latter date. Mr Meldrum considers it to be a motte. (Mr E Meldrum, County Architect's office, Inverness)

Earthworks surveyed at 1:2500.

Visited by OS (NKB) 14 August 1964.

This sandy mound, which rises about 16m above the face of the natural slope, is probably a motte. No features are visible on the uneven summit or on the flattened area that projects from the N side. A deep groove in the E side may be an old excavation trench. The mound, which has been cleared of trees, is now grass-covered and surrounded by an enclousure wall, apparently of no great age.

ISSFC 1885; G G Simpson and B Webster 1972; RCAHMS 1978.


Field Visit (18 August 1943)

This site was included within the RCAHMS Emergency Survey (1942-3), an unpublished rescue project. Site descriptions, organised by county, vary from short notes to lengthy and full descriptions and are available to view online with contemporary sketches and photographs. The original typescripts, manuscripts, notebooks and photographs can also be consulted in the RCAHMS Search Room.

Information from RCAHMS (GFG) 10 December 2014.


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