MHG2728 - Motte, Cnoc an Tighe Mhoir

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Type and Period (1)

  • MOTTE (Medieval - 1058 AD to 1559 AD)

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  • None recorded

Full Description

What may be a motte, mutilated by later landscaping, has been formed from the tip of a promontory about 280m N of Erchless Castle; on the N and W the ground falls steeply to the Erchless Burn, while at the base of the mound on the S and E there is a ditch up to 10m broad and 4m deep. The roughly circular summit, which is occupied by a private burial-ground, measures up to 25m in diameter and stands about 6m above the bottom of the ditch.
RCAHMS 1979, visited 1979; Orig Paroch Scot 1855; E Meldrum 1975

Cnoc an Tighe Mhoir - 'Hillock of the Big House', can be classified with some certainty as a motte, which is over- grown with trees and scrub, except for the summit area which is a private burial ground. The hillock occurs at the W end of a spur with steep slopes on the N and W sides down to Erchless Burn, and is isolated from the spur by a substantial ditch, up to 3.0m deep, curving around the E arc and connecting with the steep natural slopes. An ornamental path ascends the motte, but this does not appear to have altered the profile significantly.
Visited by OS (N K B) 5 March 1981


OPS, 1855, Origines parochiales Scotiae: the antiquities ecclesiastical and territorial of the parishes of Scotland, 518 (Text/Publication/Monograph). SHG342.


Meldrum, E, 1975, Medieval castles and towerhouses, 145 (Text/Publication/Article). SHG3175.


RCAHMS, 1979, The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. The archaeological sites and monuments of North-east Inverness, Inverness District, Highland Region, 25, No. 189 (Text/Report). SHG2673.


Yeoman, P A, 1988, 'Mottes in Northeast Scotland', Scot Archaeol Rev Vol. 5 1988, p.125-33, 131, no. 90 (Text/Publication/Article). SHG1131.

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Location

Grid reference Centred NH 4105 4108 (60m by 60m) (Buffered by site type)
Map sheet NH44SW
Civil Parish KILMORACK
Geographical Area INVERNESS

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