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Knock, Kemp Knowe

Motte (Medieval)(Possible)

Site Name Knock, Kemp Knowe

Classification Motte (Medieval)(Possible)

Canmore ID 43066

Site Number NS46NE 14

NGR NS 4943 6610

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Renfrewshire
  • Parish Renfrew (Renfrew)
  • Former Region Strathclyde
  • Former District Renfrew
  • Former County Renfrewshire

Archaeology Notes

NS46NE 14 4943 6610.

(NS 4943 6610) Site of (NAT) Kemp Knowe (NR)

OS 6" map (1914)

Kemp Knowe is described in the New Statistical Account (NSA) as having been a circular mound of earth, about 20 yards in diameter; surrounded by a moat 5 yards broad ( and 4 feet deep about 1710) the mound having been raised by the earth taken out of the moat. (From this description, it would appear to have been a motte). Though attempts to level the mound and fill the ditch were made during improvements in 1782, Mr J Snodgrass (aged 70, of Knock Farm) could remember seeing remains of it in his youth.

NSA 1845 (D Macfarlan); Name Book 1856

There is no trace of Kemp Knowe; the site is located in a new housing estate.

Visited by OS (WMJ) 8 September 1951


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