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Balcastle Motte

Motte (Medieval)

Site Name Balcastle Motte

Classification Motte (Medieval)

Alternative Name(s) Ba' Castle; Balcastle Farm

Canmore ID 45883

Site Number NS77NW 18

NGR NS 7011 7818

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council North Lanarkshire
  • Parish Kilsyth (North Lanarkshire)
  • Former Region Strathclyde
  • Former District Cumbernauld And Kilsyth
  • Former County Stirlingshire

Archaeology Notes

NS77NW 18 7011 7818.

(NS 7011 7818) Motte (NR)

OS 1:10000 map (1978)

Motte, Balcastle: This motte was fashioned from a natural knoll and varies in height from 3.6 to 12.2m, its roughly oval summit measuring 36.5 by 25.9m. It is flanked on three sides by streams and on the N by slight traces of a ditch about 5.5m broad. A track ascending the NE flank of the motte is unlikely to be original, and was no doubt made comparatively recently, when the top of the motte was periodically cultivated.

RCAHMS 1963, visited 1953; 1982, visited 1977

A motte, as described.

Visited by OS (JLD) 17 February 1954 and (JP) 16 January 1974


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