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Eden Castle

Castle (Medieval)

Site Name Eden Castle

Classification Castle (Medieval)

Alternative Name(s) Eden Estate; Eden House Policies; Mains Of Eden

Canmore ID 18380

Site Number NJ65NE 15

NGR NJ 69792 58778

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Administrative Areas

  • Council Aberdeenshire
  • Parish King Edward
  • Former Region Grampian
  • Former District Banff And Buchan
  • Former County Aberdeenshire

Archaeology Notes

NJ65NE 15 69792 58778

(NJ 6979 5878) Eden Castle (NR) (In Ruins)

OS 6" map, Aberdeenshire, 2nd ed., (1902)

For Eden House (NJ 6987 5995) and associated buildings, see NJ65NE 20.00.

Eden Castle is of the period between 1542 and 1700. In the sixteenth century the lands belonged to the Meldrums, by whom the castle may have been built. In 1676-7 it seems to have been extensively repaired by George Leslie, to whom it then belonged. This date is carved on some parts of the castle.

The edifice is now very ruinous, and the buildings which adjoined the main block to the north have been entirely demolished. The original plan seems to have been that of a main central building, with two towers at diagonally opposite angles. That at the south-west angle still remains. The castle seems to have been extended to the northwards with a round tower at the north-west angle of the existing building, and may perhaps have formed a courtyard.

D MacGibbon and T Ross 1887-92.

As described above. The North face of the main central building has now partially collapsed while the remains of the small round tower at the NW angle are now incorporated in the modern field wall. A modern stone shed abuts the South side of the SW tower.

Visited by OS (WDJ) 22 September 1964.

Activities

Photographic Survey (June 1962)

Photographic survey of the exterior of Eden Castle, Aberdeenshire, by the Scottish National Buildings Record in 1962

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