MHG2728 - Motte, Cnoc an Tighe Mhoir


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  • MOTTE (Medieval - 1058 AD to 1559 AD)

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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

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Grid reference Centred NH 4105 4108 (60m by 60m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NH44SW
Civil Parish KILMORACK
Geographical Area INVERNESS

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