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Castle Of Ruthven

Tower House (Medieval)

Site Name Castle Of Ruthven

Classification Tower House (Medieval)

Alternative Name(s) Ruthven Mansion Policies; Ruthven Castle

Canmore ID 32132

Site Number NO34NW 3

NGR NO 30207 47913

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Angus
  • Parish Ruthven
  • Former Region Tayside
  • Former District Angus
  • Former County Angus

Archaeology Notes

NO34NW 3 30207 47913.

(NO 3021 4791) Castle of Ruthven (NR)

OS 6"map, (1959)

An old Tower, said to be the remains of the old Castle of Ruthven stands a short distance NW of Ruthven Mansion. It was owned by the Crichtons in 1510, but in 1790, it was pulled down and the present mansion built.

Name Book 1863; W Wilson 1917.

A small well preserved tower with a modern roof. It is rectangular with a rounded north side and measures 6.2m NS by 5.4m transversely. There are large horizontal gun-loops on three sides with a small blocked rectangular window, and a slit embrasure in the E wall.

Visited by OS (W D J) 16 Dember 1969.

All that remains of this castle is a D-plan tower (6.2m by 4.5m) standing to a height of two storeys; the wall of the vaulted ground floor is pierced by three wide mouthed gunports.

OSA 1794; RCAHMS 1984.


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