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Auchanachie Castle

Lairds House (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Auchanachie Castle

Classification Lairds House (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) Achanachie Castle; Auchanachy Castle

Canmore ID 17299

Site Number NJ44NE 1

NGR NJ 49857 46917

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Aberdeenshire
  • Parish Cairnie
  • Former Region Grampian
  • Former District Gordon
  • Former County Aberdeenshire

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Auchanachie, 1594. All the elements of a late 16th-century Gordon house of some sophistication are still visible: the hall and offices in the two-storey main block with massive stair, turnpike and bedrooms in the tight, three-storey link block. The massive lum promises much. Inscription over door: FROM OVR ENEMIES DEFENDE VS O CHRIST 1594. 18th century

addition to north and drum-shaped 18th-century doocot in grounds. Refurbished 2004, Acanthus Douglas Forrest.

Taken from "Aberdeenshire: Donside and Strathbogie - An Illustrated Architectural Guide", by Ian Shepherd, 2006. Published by the Rutland Press

Archaeology Notes

NJ44NE 1.00 49857 46917

NJ44NE 1.01 NJ 49858 46865 Doocot

(NJ 4985 4694) Achanachie Castle, a small laird's house of the late 16th and 17th centuries, which belonged to the Gordons of Avochie. The tower, which bears the date 1594 over the doorway, is now 3 storeys high, and has a large circular stair tower with tiny slit windows and square slot-hole type apertures. The main 17th century extension has been on the E. The building is now occupied by the farm grieve.

N Tranter 1962-70.

Auchanachie Castle (information from name plate) has been harled and renovated but is not outstanding. The 17th century extension is to the N (not the E as described by Tranter (1962-70)) and the dated lintel is over the E doorway.

At NJ 4986 4686 is a 17th century circular harled dovecot.

Visited by OS (ISS) 13 December 1972.


Photographic Survey (April 1963)

Photographs of the exterior and interior of Auchanachie Castle, Aberdeenshire, by the Scottish National Buildings Record/Ministry of Works in 1963.


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