Carnwath Motte


The Motte at Christmas, 2000.

The Motte at Christmas, 2000 (by Kevin Lindsay)



On the Golf course, on the north of the A70 Lanark Road, (the left when approaching Carnwath from the west), is the very prominent landmark, the Motte (otherwise, the Moat). The name 'Carnwath', according to some opinions, has its origin here.


Quoting from 'Another Look at Carnwath' by the late George Paul:


It is from this road entering Carnwath that we have as pretty a view on approaching any town or village anywhere. On either side of the roadway stand relics of a bygone era, on the right-hand, the Gallow Hill and on the left is the Mote Hill. No longer does the malefactor expidate his crime on one, nor the Norman build his castle on the other. The Cairn, Castle Mote Hill, or Mound has held all these first and last, but today's conclusion is that it was built by the first Somerville in Carnwath, and this is most likely correct. No doubt the name Carnwath originated from this. In "Place Names of Scotland" by James B. Johnston, he states - 1165 Charnwid, 1174 Karnwic, 1186 Carnewith, 1200 Karnebuth. (Welsh) Carngwydd (pronounced with) cairn, mound, among shrubs or woods.


This page entitled "Hunt the Motte" is a good account of this type of Norman remains, and also mentions a little of Carnwath's history.



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