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Seaforth Castle

Castle (Medieval)

Site Name Seaforth Castle

Classification Castle (Medieval)

Canmore ID 14335

Site Number NH75NW 19

NGR NH 7270 5672

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

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

Archaeology Notes

NH75NW 19 7270 5672.

(NH 7270 5672) Seaforth Castle, completed by John Fraser, Bishop of Ross, between 1497 and 1507, is said to have stood here, and is shown to have been a rectangular tower. It was the seat of the Earls of Seaforth. 'Castle Street' leading up to the area seems to support the siting.

NSA 1845; D Fraser 1912; Geddie 1912.

No further information. At approximately this position there is shown a 2-storey square building on an old print, dated 1693, labelled 'Seaforth Castle'.

Visited by OS (NKB) 9 March 1966.


Field Visit (June 1979)

Fortrose NH 725 564 NH75NW 1 & 19

Fortrose was annexed to Rosemarkie and erected a royal burgh in 1455; in 1661 the rights of the united burgh were transferred to Fortrose. The medieval cathedral of Ross (NH 727 565) is in state guardianship; nothing can now be seen of Seaforth Castle, which is traditionally located at NH 727 567.

RCAHMS 1979, visited June 1979

NSA, xiv (Ross and Cromarty), 353; MacGibbon and Ross 1896-7, ii, 394-402; Pryde 1965, 28-30, no. 64


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