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Motte (Medieval)

Site Name Ballochneck

Classification Motte (Medieval)

Alternative Name(s) Keir Of Cashley

Canmore ID 44654

Site Number NS59SE 6

NGR NS 55620 92910

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Stirling
  • Parish Drymen
  • Former Region Central
  • Former District Stirling
  • Former County Stirlingshire

Archaeology Notes

NS59SE 6 5562 9290

(NS 5562 9290) Keir (NR)

OS 6" map, Stirling, 2nd ed., (1923)

Earthwork, Ballochneck. Scarcely anything is now visible of the earthwork, formerly known as the "Keir of Cashley", which is situated on the left bank of the Ballochneck Burn, 200 yds ESE of Allan farmhouse. It occupies a natural, steep-sided mound some 40ft in height, the top of which consists of an uneven but generally level area measuring about 65ft in diameter. Round the margin of the top there are very slight remains of a bank, while on the SW flank, 6ft below the crest, there is a broad terrace 35ft in length which may or may not be artificial. Old farm-tracks traverse the lower slopes of the mound on the NW, N and NE. The superficial resemblance between this earthwork and the Keir Knowe of Drum (No. 187) suggests that it may have been a motte (cf. RCAHMS 1963, Introduction, p.41)

RCAHMS 1963.

"The 'Keir' at Cashlie is definitely a motte".

Information from J G Scott to OS, 27 February 1957.

The 'Keir' is as described by the Commission. To the NW there is a 1.3m high bank, grass-covered and skirting the bottom of the mound. This bank appears to postdate the feature and is probably the upcast from an old farm-track.

Revised at 1/2500.

Visited by OS (R D) 24 March 1965.


Field Visit (August 1978)

Ballochneck NS 556 929 NS59SE 6

The level summit of this steep-sided hillock is enclosed by a low bank which has been spread to a thickness of about 3m, and on the SW flank there is what may be an artificial terrace.

RCAHMS 1979, visible August 1978

(RCAHMS 1963, p. 417, no. 481)


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