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Castlehill

Motte (Medieval)

Site Name Castlehill

Classification Motte (Medieval)

Canmore ID 47819

Site Number NS97NE 4

NGR NS 9575 7565

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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

Archaeology Notes

NS97NE 4 9575 7565.

(NS 9575 7565) Indeterminate Site, Castlehill: A natural mound, 230 yds S of Compston, measures 200' WNW-ESE by 150', and rises to a height of 15'. Its top is cut by a broad, shallow trench, of no great age and about 70' in length; immediately beyond the SW end of this there is a terrace which appears to have been formed as a spoil-heap from the cutting. No other recognisable traces of artificial work appear, but "an old fortification...called Castlehill near to the house of Compstone, where there are a great many vaults" is noted in 1723 (c/f NS97NE 22).

Visited by OS (JLD) 20 December 1953

W Macfarlane 1906; RCAHMS 1963, visited 1953

Probable motte now appearing as oval mound measuring c.32m by 27m on top and standing about 3m above surrounding river flood-plain. Much field clearance material has been piled against the side of mound, which also bears traces of excavation.

RCAHMS 1978, visited 1977

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