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Macbeth's Castle

Castle (Medieval)

Site Name Macbeth's Castle

Classification Castle (Medieval)

Canmore ID 13436

Site Number NH64NE 8

NGR NH 6737 4558

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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  • Council Highland
  • Parish Inverness And Bona
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Inverness
  • Former County Inverness-shire

Archaeology Notes

NH64NE 8 6737 4558

(NH 67374558) Supposed site of Castle (OE)

OS 6" map, (1938).

This castle was razed to the ground by Malcolm in revenge of his father's murder. No trace of it is to be seen.

Statistical Account (OSA) 1793.

An old Ms. dated 1635 in the archives of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, relative ot the family of Cuthbert of Castlehill, states that then there were still traces of the old castle to be seen. About 1802-3, while some labourers were trenching a portion of the adjacent farm on the eastern side of Castlehill, they met with a quantity of rubbish and the foundations of walls supposed to have belonged to the castle. (See also Inverness Castle - NH64NE 9)

J Anderson 1831.

At the eastern point of the eminence called The Crown, half a mile east of Inverness, Macbeth's Castle is said by tradition to have stood. Within living memory fragments of a castellated building, and also stone coffins or urns, have been dug upon the spot; but when these were found, is not known.

OS Name Book 1868.

No trace of this castle remains, the site being occupied by houses.

Visited by OS (W D J), 29 March 1960.

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