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Castle (Medieval)(Possible), Moat (Medieval)

Site Name Auchlane

Classification Castle (Medieval)(Possible), Moat (Medieval)

Alternative Name(s) Auchlane Castle

Canmore ID 64512

Site Number NX75NW 4

NGR NX 7413 5839

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

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

Archaeology Notes

NX75NW 4 7413 5839.

(NX 7413 5839) Auchlane (NR) (Site of)

Moat (NR)

OS 6" map (1946)

Auchlane was once the home of one of the McClellans, a family which figured extensively in the 14th century. The remains comrise an arch bonded with shell lime, perhaps the undervault, and traces of some of the foundations. Much of the material is said to have been used in the buildings of the present Auchlane farm.

Name Book 1848

The ruins of the castle of the MacLellans. Distinct traces of a stone-built, broadly oval mote are visible for 70 to 80 feet on the NW, having an upward inner slope of 15 ft, a level space some 18 to 20 ft wide, and a low steep rampart (probably of mortared stone ?) which brings one to the level of the Castle itself.

F R Coles 1891

The remains of Auchlane are generally as described by ONB, the wall foundations, where evident, being about 1.3m thick. The moat described by Coles has been generally filled in, being visible only on the south and, possibly, west sides, with little, if any, evidence of stone. It could not be established whether the site is that of a castle, tower, or fortified manor, but the situation is strongly defensible.

Surveyed at 1/2500.

Visited by OS (EGC) 9 August 1968.


Field Visit (1996 - 2003)

Russell Coleman managed an Historic Scotland funded project to record medieval moated sites in Scotland. Gazetteers were produced for each regional council area between 1996 and 2002 with an uncompleted overall review in 2002-03. The results of the first year of the project were published in Tayside and Fife Archaeological Journal, Volume 3 (1997).


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