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Urr Par [Parish]
Mote of Urr.
In the centre of a flat alluvial plain
along one side of which now flows the
Water of Urr and some 3 ms. [miles] to the NW. [North West] of
Dalbeattie is situated the Mote of Urr the
most notable monument of its class in Scotland.
It is a hillock of considerable extent lying in
general direction ? N [North] and S [South] and from the ground
at its base to the top of its crowning citadel
rising to a height of [--] ft [feet]. Though the river
now flows in a single channel 100 yds [yards] or thereby to the E [East]
in former times it bifurcated higher up and
contained the mote as an island between
its two streams; the line of the former channel
to the W. [West] being, it is believed, the present parish
boundary. The hillock rises very abruptly
from the low lying meadows on the E [East] and
N. [North] and its lower slopes have probably been
artificially scarped, while on the W. [West] side
the gradient is less steep and towards the
N. [North] the it tails away gradually for
some distance beyond the fortress. Around the
base on the E. [East] and N. [North] the wet ground seems
to indicate the previous existence of a ditch
no longer clearly defined. At a height of
[--] ft. [feet] above the base on the W. [West] and passing
at about the same level around the hillock a

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Transcriber's notes

From the 'Fifth Report and Inventory of Monuments and Constructions in Galloway, Volume 2, County of the Stewartry of Kirkcudbright' (1914), the missing heights are: 78 feet 4 inches and 30 feet

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