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Rockfield Farm, Little Tarrel Castle

Tower House (Medieval)

Site Name Rockfield Farm, Little Tarrel Castle

Classification Tower House (Medieval)

Alternative Name(s) Rockfield Castle

Canmore ID 15634

Site Number NH98SW 11

NGR NH 91054 81951

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

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

Archaeology Notes

NH98SW 11 91054 81951

Little Tarrel is a small, recently-restored L-plan house, originally built in the mid 16th century; an inscription beneath a first-floor window gives the date 155- ?. Reid (1894) assumes that the missing digit is a 9 (Name Book, however, gives 1550). The building was subsequently sub-divided and modified on more than one occasion; an external forestair was introduced and part of the ground floor was set aside for farming purposes, an alteration that involved the removal of a vault and of an internal stair in an area that later collapsed; but much of the orginal detailing still survives, most notably in the vaulted kitchen and the first-floor chamber above it in the E wing.

(See Stell 1986 for plans.)

Orig Paroch Scot 1855; Name Book 1872; F N Reid 1894; G Stell 1986.


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