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Dundee, Castle Huntly

Castle (Medieval), Prison (20th Century)

Site Name Dundee, Castle Huntly

Classification Castle (Medieval), Prison (20th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Castle Lyon

Canmore ID 31728

Site Number NO32NW 3

NGR NO 30194 29105

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Perth And Kinross
  • Parish Longforgan (Perth And Kinross)
  • Former Region Tayside
  • Former District City Of Dundee
  • Former County Perthshire

Archaeology Notes

NO32NW 3.00 30194 29105

NO32NW 3.01 30100 29375 Dovecot

NO32NW 3.02 30205 29212 Ice House

NO32NW 3.03 30436 29580 North Gates

NO32NW 3.04 30268 29063 Terrace and Statuary

NO32NW 3.05 30240 29035 Walled Garden

NO32NW 3.06 30274 29054 Walled Garden

(NO 3019 2908) Castle Huntly (NR)

OS 6" map (1959)

Castle Huntly, or Castle Lyon, was founded in 1452 and is still entire: two Georgian wings were added on the NE side in 1778 and many other alterations and additions have been made. The 'moat' shown on the ordnance maps was an ornamental pond of no defensive value made shortly after 1660. The sole survivor of six 17th century gates was removed to the north lodge after 1790.

E A Urquhart 1956

One of the finest examples of a 17th century ice-house stands 110 yards NE of the castle.

E A Urquhart 1962

Castle Huntly, now used as a Borstal, is as described above. The original part is at the SW and centre of the present building. The ice-house is at NO 3020 2920 and the surviving 17th century gateway is at NO 3043 2957. There is a probably 18/19th century dovecot at NO 3010 2937.

Visited by OS (RDL) 16 June 1964


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Photographic survey by the Scottish National Buildings Record.


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