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Motte (Medieval), Township (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Kerrowmore

Classification Motte (Medieval), Township (Period Unassigned)

Canmore ID 24233

Site Number NN54NE 2

NGR NN 5889 4669

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Perth And Kinross
  • Parish Fortingall
  • Former Region Tayside
  • Former District Perth And Kinross
  • Former County Perthshire

Archaeology Notes

NN54NE 2 5889 4669.

(NN 5889 4669) Castle (NR) (Site of)

OS 6" map (1900)

"The remarkable terraced site on an eminence SE of the farmhouse of Kerrowmore".

W J Watson 1913

This may be the traditional site of the house of "Black John of the Spears", close beside Tom-na-Cuairteig (D Campbell 1888) (NN 588 468). The traditional figure of "Black John" has been doubtfully identified with John of Lorne mentioned in connection with Glen Lyon in a charter of 1368.

A Stewart 1928

At NN 5892 4674, there are the remains of an unusual earthwork on top of a rocky knoll. It consists of two concentric terraces, the upper of which is 2.5m wide, enclosing the D-shaped summit which measures 24.0m NW-SE by 12.0m, and around which are traces of a very slight bank. The lower terrace is partially obscured on the W by a later field bank.

To the S and W of the knoll are the footings of seven depopulated buildings, the largest of which measures 13.0m by 6.0m internally. The name Tom na Cuairteig is not known locally and the association with "Black John" could not be confirmed.

Surveyed at 1:2500.

Visited by OS (RD) 17 September 1969

Terraced motte (M Stewart).

E J Talbot "Mottes" TS

This earthwork is as described in previous field report. It may well be a terraced motte as suggested by Talbot though the scarps and terraces are smaller than those generally met with on such sites.

Surveyed at 1:10,000.

Visited by OS (JP) 17 September 1975


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