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Casteltown

Castle (Medieval)

Site Name Casteltown

Classification Castle (Medieval)

Canmore ID 14286

Site Number NH74SW 10

NGR NH 7493 4271

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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  • Council Highland
  • Parish Croy And Dalcross (Inverness)
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Inverness
  • Former County Inverness-shire

Archaeology Notes

NH74SW 10 7493 4271.

(NH 7493 4271) Castle (NR) (Site of)

OS 6"map, Iverness-shire, 2nd ed., (1906)

(Shown by '2' as an L-shaped pecked outline).

OS 25"map, Inverness-shire, (1870)

The remains of a grass-covered mound, containing the vague traces of a wall 0.5m wide and 0.3m high, indicates the possible presence of a building.

The original shape of the mound or the building could not be traced due to extensive quarrying on the NE and SW side of the mound, probably for the railway embankment close by.

It is suggested by Mr Meldrum that this is a motte similar to that at Cantraydoune (Information from E Meldrum, County Architect's office, Inverness).

Earthworks surveyed at 1:2500 scale.

Visited by OS (NKB) 14 August 1964.

All that remains of this castle is an overgrown bank of earth and stones, 18.0m NNW-SSE, 2.0m high and spread to 11.0m. It turns at each end towards the W but is then truncated by quarrying and the railway embankment. In the bank are traces of built walling which is particularly well-defined at the N corner where a stretch of what is probably the outer face of the N wall of the castle survives for a length of 3.0m and a maximum height of 0.5m. It seems likely that the bank is not an earthwork but the overgrown tumbled castle wall. There is no evidence for this being a motte as suggested by Meldrum.

Visited by OS (I S S) 27 August 1972.

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