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Archaeology Notes

Event ID 668659

Category Descriptive Accounts

Type Archaeology Notes


NJ62SW 22 62724 23663

(NJ 6272 2365) Licklyhead Castle (NR) (AD 1629)

OS 6" map, (1959)

Lickleyhead Castle. Originally an L-plan building generally accepted as having been built in 1629, which date is engraved over the entrance, but there are suggestions, supported by architectural renovation, that it may be 16th century. It has been modernised and added to but the original design can still be discerned. The property belonged to the Leiths but passed to the Forbeses in 1625, one of whom is supposed to have built the castle. The roughcast walls rise to three storeys, an attic and a garret, the gables are crow stepped and the dormer windows have decorative pediments.

D MacGibbon and T Ross 1887-92; C Hussey 1937; N Tranter 1962-70.

'Lickleyhead Castle' (information from Mrs M Stainton, Lickleyhead Castle) as described. Still in use and in good condition.

Visited by OS (ISS) 7 August 1973.

No change to previous field report.

Visited by OS (JM) 17 August 1976.

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