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Tain Castle

Castle (Medieval)

Site Name Tain Castle

Classification Castle (Medieval)

Canmore ID 14691

Site Number NH78SE 2

NGR NH 7805 8214

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

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

Archaeology Notes

NH78SE 2 7805 8214.

(Name at NH 7811 8216) Tain Castle (NR) (In Ruins)

OS 6" map, Ross-shire, 2nd ed., (1907)

The last traces of the castle were removed from this site about 1820. There is no account of it earlier than the 16th century. It may have been the official residence of the hereditary bailies of Tain.

Name Book 1871.

Local enquiries indicate its suspected position as being, or having been, where the "Railway Hotel" now stands at NH 7805 8214. From time to time during road repairs etc within the area, excavations have exposed underground passages (now sealed) extending from the grounds of St. Duthus church. These are suspected to have connected with the castle, but definite evidence is lacking.

Visited by OS (W D J) 18 May 1963.

Mott noted at NH 789 842 [evidently incorrect location - may refer to earlier phases of Tain Castle].

P A Yeoman 1988.


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