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Hillend, Motte

Motte (Medieval)(Possible)

Site Name Hillend, Motte

Classification Motte (Medieval)(Possible)

Alternative Name(s) Old Miller's Cottage, Motte

Canmore ID 15602

Site Number NH95SW 8

NGR NH 93299 54776

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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  • Council Highland
  • Parish Auldearn
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Nairn
  • Former County Nairn

Archaeology Notes

NH95SW 8 93299 54776

Motte [NR]

OS 1:10,000 map, 1980.

Location formerly cited as NH 9328 5477.

At NH 9328 5477 is a motte constructed by isolating the W end of a glacial ridge. It is roughly circular measuring, c33.0m in diameter at the base and c6.5m high. The featureless flat summit is irregularly oval measuring c18.0m E to W by c7.5m transversely.

Around the base of the motte is a ditch with an outer bank, c 6.0m average width and c 1.0m average height, which survives on the N and E only. On the S and W it has been destroyed by a field boundary and quarry respectively.

Surveyed at 1/2500.

Visited by OS (RL) 7 January 1971.

This possible motte is situated at the end of a fluvio-glacial ridge. It stands about 6.5m high and may have been surrounded by a ditch, now partly silted up. Dense vegetation covers the site.

RCAHMS 1978, visited May 1978.

Scheduled as 'Old Miller's Cottage, motte 95m ESE of... the remains of a later medieval motte visible as a rough grass-covered mound and associate low ditch and outer bank.'

Information from Historic Scotland, scheduling document dated 27 September 2007.

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