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Falkirk, 'maiden Castle'

Motte (Medieval)(Possible)

Site Name Falkirk, 'maiden Castle'

Classification Motte (Medieval)(Possible)

Canmore ID 46757

Site Number NS87NE 2

NGR NS 8625 7982

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Falkirk
  • Parish Falkirk
  • Former Region Central
  • Former District Falkirk
  • Former County Stirlingshire

Archaeology Notes

NS87NE 2 8625 7982.

(NS 8625 7982) Motte (probable)(site of): The artificial mound which formerly stood on the N side of the ditch of the Antonine Wall, immediately W of the entrance through which the Roman road ran to the fort at Camelon was obliterated in 1894 when Watling Lodge was built upon it. It is said (G Macdonald 1934) to have been constructed of earth, and to have been reduced in height by about 6' when the house was built. No record of its precise measurements has been found, but from the appearance of the terrace underlying Watling Lodge its summit area may have been about 70' E-W by 40'. The mound, known locally as Maiden Castle, was probably a motte.

RCAHMS 1963, visited 1957

No vestiges of this probable motte remain. The site is contained by Watling Lodge and its ornamental garden.

Visited by OS (JLD) 1 February 1957


Field Visit (July 1977)

Watling Lodge NS 862 798 NS87NE 2

A motte, known locally as ‘Maiden Castle’, is said to have stood on the N side of the Antonine Wall ditch at this point. This earth-built mound, apparently measuring about 22m from W to E by 12mtransversely, is reported to have been reduced in height by approximately 2m when Watling Lodge house was built in 1894.

RCAHMS 1978, visited July 1977

(Macdonald 1934, 344; RCAHMS 1963, p. 178, no. 188; Simpson and Webster 1972, 184, no. 227; Breeze 1974, 173-4)


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