Dumfries and Galloway Scotland
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Mochrum is an agricultural parish, in South-East Wigtownshire, on the East side of Luce Bay and 4½ miles South West of Whauphill and 8 miles South West of Wigtown.
Many prehistoric forts, including the Mesolithic Barsalloch Fort, and many earthworks, standing stones, mottes, crannogs ** or artificial defensive islets, and crosses both early and medieval are throughout the parish. In the east are the ruins of St. Finian's Chapel, while the fells of the coast recall the Norse settlers of around 900 AD.(text by Geoffrey Gillon)
* = a Motte is usually referred to in the context of a motte-and-bailey castle, a fortification with a wooden or stone keep situated on a raised earthwork called a motte, accompanied by an enclosed courtyard, or bailey, surrounded by a protective ditch and palisade.
** = A crannog[ Irish: crannóg, Scottish Gaelic: crannag] is typically a partially or entirely artificial island, usually built in lakes, rivers and estuarine waters of Scotland and Ireland. Crannogs were used as dwellings over five millennia from the European Neolithic Period to as late as the 17th/early 18th century although in Scotland, convincing evidence for Early and Middle Bronze Age or Norse Period use is not currently present in the archaeological record.