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Dovecot (Period Unknown), Motte (Medieval)

Site Name Meikleour

Classification Dovecot (Period Unknown), Motte (Medieval)

Alternative Name(s) Meikleour House Policies

Canmore ID 28558

Site Number NO13NE 87

NGR NO 1536 3869

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

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

Archaeology Notes

NO13NE 87 1536 3869.

For succeeding tower-house and country house (at NO 1542 3870), see NO13NE 4.00.


Measured Survey (1989)

RCAHMS surveyed Meikleour motte (NO13NE 87) with plane-table and self-reducing alidade in 1989 at a scale of 1:500. The resultant plan was redrawn in ink and published at a scale of 1:1000 (RCAHMS 1994b, 105(B)).

Field Visit (June 1990)

This motte is situated on the edge of the river cliff 30m W of Meikleour House (NO13NE 4.00). It stands to a height of 5m on the SSE and 3.5m on the NE and its roughly-circular summit is 22m in diameter. A slight depression (7.7m across) on the summit indicates the former site of the circular dovecot that is noted on the Ordnance Survey map of 1867.

At the beginning of the 13th century, Meikleour was held by the earls of Strathearn, but in 1318 Robert I confirmed a charter granting it to Malcolm de Innerpeffray, and in 1363 David II confirmed its sale to John Mercer, whose descendants (down to the present Marquess of Lansdowne) continue to hold the estate.

Visited by RCAHMS (PC) June 1990.

Reg Reg Scot; OS 6-inch map, Perthshire, 1st ed, sheet 63 (1867).


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