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Druchtag Mote Hill

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  • Canmore ID
  • Site type
  • Parish
  • Council
  • NGR
    NX 3495 4665
  • Latitude, longitude
    54.787517N, 4.568364W
  • Archaeological notes
    NX34NW 5 3495 4665 Not to be confused with Duchtag Castle (NX 3434 4619), for which see NX34NW 6. (NX 3495 4665) Mote of Druchtag (NR) OS 6" map (1957) Druchtag Motehill: The earthwork mound of an early medieval castle, with some traces of stone buildings. S Piggott and W D Simpson 1970 Mote of Druchtag: This motte of the usual truncated cone form, has been erected on a slope. Except towards the E, where it is represented by a terrace on the face of the slope, it is surrounded by a ditch, 25' wide and 6'-8' deep. The flat summit is 66' in diameter. At the E side is an irregular hollow, probably due to excavation, about the sides of which some blocks of stone are exposed. On the W side are two small circular depressions about 18" deep and 7'-8' in diameter. There are no indications of an approach, or of a bailey. It has no recorded history, but presumably is of circa 12th century date (C A R Radford 1951). RCAHMS 1912, visited 1911; E W MacKie 1975 Druchtag Mote Hill (Department of Environment nameplate) is a well-preserved motte built into the top of a shallow ridge. Its mound, which has a 22.0m diameter flat top, stands 6.5m high and is surrounded by a partially silted ditch 10.0m wide and now of 2.0m maximum depth. There is no trace of an outer bank and a 1.5m high field wall follows the top edge of the ditch for most of its perimeter. On the west side (not east (RCAHMS)) the ground falls steeply away and the ditch is now only represented as a 3.0m wide terrace. The level top has a stony content and although there are a number of minor depressions no traces of any structure are evident. Surveyed at 1:2500. Visited by OS (BS) 12 May 1977.
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Related material information


  • 62746 (1977)
    (Neg 9A) OS
  • 62746 (1977)
    (Neg 10A) OS


  • 1125836 (10/6/2008)
    General oblique aerial view centred on the village with the remains of the motte adjacent, taken from the NNW.
  • 1028594 (30/8/2005)
    General oblique aerial view of the village with the ramains of the motte adjacent, taken from the ESE.
  • 1028593 (30/8/2005)
    General oblique aerial view of the village with the remains of the motte adjacent, taken from the SE.

1st edition 6-inch maps

TitleDateOther parishes/counties
 Ordnance Survey six-inch to the mile, Wigtownshire, Sheet 291848