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Droughdool Mote

Motte (Medieval)

Site Name Droughdool Mote

Classification Motte (Medieval)

Alternative Name(s) Genoch Mains

Canmore ID 61278

Site Number NX15NW 6

NGR NX 1482 5687

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

C14 Radiocarbon Dating


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Dumfries And Galloway
  • Parish Old Luce
  • Former Region Dumfries And Galloway
  • Former District Wigtown
  • Former County Wigtownshire

Archaeology Notes

NX15NW 6 1482 5687.

(NX 1482 5687) Droughdool Mote (NR)

(Undated) annotation on OS map.

Motte (R W Feachem 1956): A round sandy hillock formed of angular stones and cobbles from the beach as exposed on the summit and at places on its flanks, with a diameter at base of 156' or thereby, rising to an elevation varying from 25' to 30' and with a level summit some 40' in diameter. It appears to have been erected on a slight natural eminence which projects somewhat beyond the base towards the east and west. At the base, passing around the north side, is a terrace some 10' in width. Watson erroneously places here the Fort of Rheged (the Mote of Drochdool is sometimes, incorrectly, called the Mote of Dunragit, for which see NX15NW 4). The Mote of Drochdool is an Anglo-Norman structure of the 12th century.

RCAHMS 1912; W J Watson 1926; R C Reid 1952.

As described by RCAHMS: the motte is known locally as Droughdool Mote.

Resurveyed at 1/2500.

Visited by OS (RD) 23 February 1968

On level ground 1.2km ENE of Genoch Mains there is a prominent mound which is probably a motte. It appears to have been built on a natural knoll and now stands to a height of 10m on the NE; its roughly level summit measures about 12m in diameter. It is unlikely that a number of pits and gullies to the SE and E are related to the mound.

RCAHMS 1987, visited April 1986.


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