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Delgatie Castle

Castle (Medieval), Chapel (Period Unassigned), Country House (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Delgatie Castle

Classification Castle (Medieval), Chapel (Period Unassigned), Country House (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) Delgaty Castle

Canmore ID 19251

Site Number NJ75SE 4

NGR NJ 75445 50532

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

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

Archaeology Notes

NJ75SE 4.00 75445 50532

(NJ 75445 50532) Delgatie Castle (NR)

Chapel (NR) (Remains of)

OS 6" map, (1959)

One of a group of four contemporary Aberdeenshire castles (Craig, Gight, and Towie Barclay are the others), almost certainly the work of the same master-mason. Probably dating between 1570 and 1579 as indicated by dates over a fireplace and on the E side of the wing respectively.

It is supposed that there was an earlier castle here: Lyons (1910) suggests that some walls of an earlier tower may have been incorporated, and Hay (1955) believes that the castle was rebuilt in 1346.

The authorised name form is 'Delgatie Castle' (information from OS and in letter from J Hay, {owner}).

W D Simpson 1930; A W Lyons 1910; SHR nd.

Only the S wall of the chapel remains, 4.0m long. Situated on the E end of the castle and level with the front face. It is of stone and in a good state of repair, the arch being blocked up. An inscribed tablet is set in the wall above the arch.

OS Reviser (T G Reeves) 8 August 1955.

Architecture Notes

NJ75SE 4.00 75445 50532

NJ75SE 4.01 75162 50685 Home Farm

NJ75SE 4.02 75566 50456 Lady Mary's Well

NJ75SE 4.03 75542 50602 Bridge

NJ75SE 4.04 75473 50654 Dovecot

NJ75SE 4.05 75494 50621 Foresters Cottage (Laundry)

NJ75SE 4.06 c.754 506 Site Cancelled. See NJ75SW 102

NJ75SE 4.07 c.753 505 Site Cancelled. See NJ75SW 44

NJ75SE 4.08 c.750 509 Gates and Garden Cottages

NJ75SE 4.09 75217 50855 Garden Walls

NJ75SW 44 NJ 73272 50397 Greengate Lodge

NJ75SW 102 NJ 74822 50995 Birchwood (North Lodge)

Date: c.1570 with later additons.


Photographic Survey (5 July 1949)

Photographic survey by the Ministry of Works in July 1949.

Photographic Survey (1954)

Photographic survey by the Scottish National Buildings Record in 1954.

Photographic Survey (April 1955)

Photographic survey by the Scottish National Buildings Record in 1954.

Field Visit (1 May 2011 - 1 November 2011)

Cultural Heritage assessment for the proposed Greeness wind farm development. The assessment forms part of an Environmental Statement. The Cultural Heritage assessment identifies all historic environment features within the development area (through desk-based assessment and field survey), and key external receptors up to 10km from the proposed development. An assessment of the direct and indirect impacts of the development on these features is included.

Farmstead depicted as roofed on First Edition Ordnance Survey, now in ruins. No associated remains were discovered within the area.

Information from OASIS ID: cfaarcha1-207671 (H Tweedie) 2011

Photographic Survey (27 June 2012)

Photographed on behalf of the Buildings of Scotland publications.

RCAHMS (2012)


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