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Baikie Castle

Castle (Medieval)

Site Name Baikie Castle

Classification Castle (Medieval)

Alternative Name(s) Baikie Loch

Canmore ID 32133

Site Number NO34NW 4

NGR NO 3184 4932

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

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

Archaeology Notes

NO34NW 4 3184 4932.

(NO 3184 4932) Baikie Castle (NR) (Site of)

OS 6"map, Angus, 2nd ed., (1903)

An approximate picture of Baikie Castle can be formed from the few allusions to it in records: On the ridge of a rising piece of ground were two narrow buildings at right angles to each other - these formed the domestic apartments. The angles of each of these buildings contained turrets. The castle was surrounded by fortified walls of considerable strength. Within these was the square courtyard, with a draw-well in its centre. On the N side of the courtyard was a range of buildings - stables and storerooms. On the S were servants' quarters. To the SW was the Chapel of St John (but see NO35SW 21). The gateway was in the W wall; in front of it was the moat, crossed by a narrow drawbridge, and further protected by a portcullis.

The castle is described as ruinous in the Statistical Account (OSA), and Jervise (1865) states that the last traces of the castle and causeway leading to it were removed a few years before 1864.

The castle was in the possession of the Fentons from the 13th to about the mid-15th century; it latterly became Glamis property.

OSA 1794; A Jervise 1865; W Wilson 1917.

There is now no trace of Baikie Castle or its moat.

Visited by OS (W D J) 11 December 1957.


Note (1984)

Baikie Castle NO 318 493 NO34NW 4

There are no visible remains of this castle. It stood upon a rounded knoll which was probably an island in the now drained loch of Baikie. The castle was ruinous before 1794, where it was noted that 'the house has been small, and rather intended for a place of refuge in times of danger, than the constant residence of a family'. There may have been a castle at Baikie in the 13th century.

RCAHMS 1984.

(Stat. Acct., xi , 1794, 212; Jervise 1864, 347-8; Wilson, 1917, 30-5).


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