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Fortrose, Bishop's Palace

Bishops Palace (16th Century)(Possible)

Site Name Fortrose, Bishop's Palace

Classification Bishops Palace (16th Century)(Possible)

Alternative Name(s) Bishop's House

Canmore ID 14405

Site Number NH75NW 9

NGR NH 72 56

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 9 72 56

(NH 7243 5648) Supposed Site of Bishop's Palace (NR) and Precincts (NR)

OS 25" map, Ross-shire, (1906)

According to Geddie (1912), John Fraser, Bishop of Ross from 1497 to 1507, built the Bishop's Palace; which Fraser indicates was L-shaped. It is alleged to have been removed by Cromwell c. 1650.

The OS siting seems to be ultimately based on the NSA (1845) report that foundations were found considerably below the surface of the field named 'the Precints', where the Palace was supposed to have stood.

Fraser (1912) indicates that the building lay at NH 7256 5651. His authorities are not known, but he has done research among the burgh records of Fortrose. Air photographs (visible on RAF air photographs 540/725, 4172-3: flown 16 May 1952) seem to confirm the possibility of a large building having stood on this spot.

NSA 1845; D Fraser 1912; Geddie 1912.

No trace was seen at either of the suggested sites of the Bishop's Palace. The published site at NH 7244 5648 occupies the garden of a private house. The site suggested by Fraser in a paddock at NH 7256 5651 is more likely to be the correct position. Impending building operations may verify this.

Visited by OS (NKB) 9 March 1966.


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