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Archaeology Notes

Event ID 685030

Category Descriptive Accounts

Type Archaeology Notes


NO19SE 1 15122 91338

(NO 1513 9135) Kindrochit Castle (NR) (Rems. of).

OS 6" map, Aberdeenshire, 2nd ed., (1903)

The palace, or hunting seat, of Robert II which he used annually from 1371 to 1388, occupied a very strong position between the Water of Clunie and an ancient mill-lade. The remains consisted of an oblong hall, 100 feet long and 30 feet wide, with unvaulted cellars below and quadrangular towers at the corners.

On 10th November 1390 a license was granted by King Robert to Malcolm Drummond to build a new tower. Excavations in 1925 showed this to be an oblong tower-house, 64 feet long and 43 feet broad, with walls 10 feet thick. Evidence was found of the ancient bridge across the Clunie which gave the castle its name.

W D Simpson 1923, 1928, 1949.

Kindrochit Castle, as described and planned by Simpson is very ruinous.

Re-surveyed at 1/2500.

Visited by OS (N K B) 26 October 1967.


Scottish Castle Survey 1988; N Bogdan and I B D Bryce 1991.

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