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'Castle Of Kinmuck'

Castle (Medieval), Moated Site (Medieval)(Possible)

Site Name 'Castle Of Kinmuck'

Classification Castle (Medieval), Moated Site (Medieval)(Possible)

Alternative Name(s) Mains Of Kinmuck; Carmuck Castle; Kermuck Castle

Canmore ID 20416

Site Number NJ93NE 12

NGR NJ 9892 3506

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

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

Archaeology Notes

NJ93NE 12 9892 3506.

(NJ 9892 3506) Moat (NR) Site of (NAT) Castle of Kinmuck (NR)

OS 6" map, Aberdeenshire, 1st ed., (1867)

Distinct traces of a moat, traditionally said to be the site of the Castle of Kinmuck, whose stones were used to build the old castle of Ellon (NJ93SE 1).

Shortly before 1867 the moat was filled in and a ditch was cut through the centre of the site.

Name Book 1867.

Thomas Kennedy, Constable of Aberdeen, was the owner of Kinmuck in 1413. His headquarters was thought to have been a stone tower standing on low ground near the present farm-house of Mains of Kinmuck or Kermuck. Examination in 1947 of the site marked on OS Map revealed no trace. The Kennedies are judged to have erected the Old Castle of Ellon between 1413 and 1500.

W D Simpson 1958; C A Gordon 1958.

Faint traces of a circular ditch enclosing an area approximately 40.m in diameter are still evident in cultivated fields N and S of the modern ditch mentioned in the Name Book. Insufficient survives for accurate survey. 'Castle of Kinmuck' is the locally accepted spelling.

Visited by OS (R L) 16 May 1972.


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