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Barnsdale Castle

Castle (Medieval), Crannog (Prehistoric) - (Medieval)(Possible)

Site Name Barnsdale Castle

Classification Castle (Medieval), Crannog (Prehistoric) - (Medieval)(Possible)

Alternative Name(s) Rescobie Castle

Canmore ID 34901

Site Number NO55SW 10

NGR NO 51040 51782

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

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

Archaeology Notes

NO55SW 10 5103 5177.

(NO 5103 5177) Barnsdale Castle (NR) (site of)

OS 6" map, (1969)

The alleged site of Barnsdale or Rescobie Castle on a former island, possibly artificial (Stuart 1868), now connected to land by either a natural ridge or a causeway.

There appears to be no evidence for the existence of a castle (Jervise 1861), although a great quantity of stone is said to have existed here at the beginning of the 19th century (Carrie 1881).

Donald Bane (late 11th century) is said to have been imprisoned in this castle.

New Statistical Account (NSA) 1845; A Jervise 1861; J Stuart 1868; J Carrie 1881.


Field Visit (March 1978)

Barnsdale Castle NO 510 517 NO55SW 10

It is alleged that a castle once stood in Rescobie loch.

RCAHMS 1978, visited March 1978

(NSA , xi, Forfar, 602-3;Carrie 1881, 87)


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