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Towie Barclay Castle

Castle (Medieval), Tower House (Medieval)

Site Name Towie Barclay Castle

Classification Castle (Medieval), Tower House (Medieval)

Alternative Name(s) Castle Of Towie Barclay

Canmore ID 19196

Site Number NJ74SW 10

NGR NJ 74434 43936

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

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

Architecture Notes

NJ74SW 10.00 74434 43936

NJ74SW 10.01 74475 43947 Steading

(NJ 74434 43936) Castle of Towie Barclay (NR)

OS 6" map, (1959)

Towie Barclay is a mid-16th century building, which formerly belonged to the old family of Tollie de Berkely. A plaque on the wall bears the date 1593. In 1792, the turrets and embrasures were removed, two stories taken off, and the ditch filled up.

Probably erected or completed in 1593 as shown by the date-stone, but a castle at Towie Barclay is mentioned in 1558 and 1587. One of a group of four contemporary Aberdeenshire castles (Craig, Delgaty, and Gight are the others), almost certainly the work of the same master mason.

D MacGibbon and T Ross 1887-92; W D Simpson 1930.

'Castle of Towie Barclay' is occupied and currently undergoing renovations.

Visited by OS (ISS) 7 February 1965.

Now restored and occupied.

N Tranter 1990.


Towie Barclay Castle

Owner: Aberdeen Endowments Trust

Factor: D. E. D. Cromie, A.R.I.C.S.


Dykeside Farm, Towie Barclay Estate.

ARCHITECT: James F. Beattie 1869


F.A.M. MacDonald Collection - James F Beattie 1869 - 1 sheet plan, elevation, section of offices.


Photographic Survey (May 1963)

Photographic survey of the exterior and interior of Towie Barclay Castle, Aberdeenshire, by the Scottish National Buildings Record/Ministry of Works in May 1963.


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