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Tom An Tigh Mhoir, Struan

Motte (Medieval)

Site Name Tom An Tigh Mhoir, Struan

Classification Motte (Medieval)

Alternative Name(s) Struan Church

Canmore ID 25807

Site Number NN86NW 1

NGR NN 8073 6536

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

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

Archaeology Notes

NN86NW 1 8073 6536.

(NN 8073 6536) Tom an Tigh Mhoir (NR)

OS 6" map, Perthshire, 2nd ed., (1900)

The large grass-covered mound about 150 yards west of Struan Church is undoubtedly a motte. The irregular flat top measures about 62 feet each way. The west side falls 15 feet to the bottom of a ditch, which embraces the west and south west sectors; this ditch finishes in a rounded end about the middle of the south side, and on the north widens out and debouches on the slope above the river-bank. There is nothing to show that a corresponding ditch was ever dug on the east side of the mound. The foundations of a rectilinear enclosure which may well be relatively modern can be seen bounding the summit of the mound, on which also appear narrow cultivation-rigs. The foundations of a wall which runs down the south slope may be relatively modern; while the rather massive stone-work that appears in the upper-most part of the slope at the north-west corner may likewise have been intended to level up the summit for agricultural purposes.

V G Childe and A Graham 1943

Possibley motte and bailey - ditch partly cut at NW approach.

Information from Mrs Stewart to OS 5 June 1962.

A motte generally as described by Childe and Graham (1943). The slight bank on the counterscarp of the ditch on the west side, is probably a result of ploughing.

Surveyed at 1/2500.

Visited by OS (W D J) 8 September 1967.


Field Visit (23 October 1942)

This site was included within the RCAHMS Emergency Survey (1942-3), an unpublished rescue project.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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