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Kirkcudbright, Moat Brae

Motte (Medieval)

Site Name Kirkcudbright, Moat Brae

Classification Motte (Medieval)

Alternative Name(s) Kirkcudbright Mote; Kirkcudbright Castle

Canmore ID 64081

Site Number NX65SE 40

NGR NX 6831 5109

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


Ordnance Survey licence number 100057073. All rights reserved.
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Administrative Areas

  • Council Dumfries And Galloway
  • Parish Kirkcudbright
  • Former Region Dumfries And Galloway
  • Former District Stewartry
  • Former County Kirkcudbrightshire

Archaeology Notes

NX65SE 40 6831 5109

(NX 6831 5109) Moat Brae (NR)

OS 6" map (1854)

Moat Brae: An elliptical mound, about 12ft high on its N and W sides, said to have been the burial gorund of the old parish church.

Name Book 1850

The citadel of Kirkcudbright Mote, the fore-runner of the early 13th century castle (NX65SE 26), probably stood at the highest point in the High Street. Plans indicate that the Mote, elliptical in form NE to SW, extend well past MacLellan's Castle (NX65SE 28). Buildings occupy the north glacis.

J Robison 1926

Mote Brae is as described by ONB. It is known by that name locally. Its present limits are as shown on OS 25".

Visited by OS (EGC) 5 March 1965


Publication Account (1978)

Tradition holds that Fergus, Lord of Galloway, had a castle on Moat Brae in the twelfth century. Nothing above ground remains of this alleged structure, and through the years the site has served as the location for the friary, parish church, as well as work houses and places of business. Further damage to the motte has come through the extension of the line of High Street (Robison, 1926, 47).

Information from ‘Historic Kirkcudbright: The Archaeological Implications of Development’ (1978).


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