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Kilcoy Castle

Tower House (17th Century)

Site Name Kilcoy Castle

Classification Tower House (17th Century)

Canmore ID 12839

Site Number NH55SE 8

NGR NH 57662 51236

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Killearnan
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Ross And Cromarty
  • Former County Ross And Cromarty

Archaeology Notes

NH55SE 8.00 57626 51236

NH55SE 8.01 57678 51242 gate piers

(NH 5762 5122) Kilcoy Castle (NR) (restored)

OS 6" map, (1973)

A 17th C Z-plan fortalice four storeys high of warm red rubble masonry pierced with gun-loops and shot-holes. The present entrance is in the centre of the south front but the original was in the re-entrant angle with the SE tower.

The castle was erected by Alexander MacKenzie, who aquired the property in 1618, and by the end of the 19th C it was a roofless ruin but it has since been restored.

This castle is as described above. The later additions to the NW side were built in c 1890. According to the owner's wife (Mrs Robertson, Kilcoy Castle), the castle's construction was started in 1618 by James Stewart of Newton. After his death the property passed to Alexander MacKenzie.

D MacDonald and T Ross 1887; N Tranter 1970.

No change.

Visited by RCAHMS (JRS) 3 March 1989.

Architecture Notes

ARCHITECT: Alexander Ross-restoration

ARCHITECTS: Ross & Macbeth (I.C. 25 Feb 1890) Restoration and additions


Note (1979)

Kilcoy Castle NH576512 NH55SE 8

This four-storeyed Z-plan tower-house was built in the early 17th century; it has been extensively restored.


MacGibbon and Ross 1887-92, ii, 252-6

Photographic Survey

Photographic survey by the Scottish National Buildings Record


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