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Thornton Castle

Country House (Period Unassigned), Tower House (Medieval)

Site Name Thornton Castle

Classification Country House (Period Unassigned), Tower House (Medieval)

Alternative Name(s) Thornton Castle Policies

Canmore ID 36119

Site Number NO67SE 4

NGR NO 68754 71818

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


Ordnance Survey licence number 100057073. All rights reserved.
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Administrative Areas

  • Council Aberdeenshire
  • Parish Marykirk
  • Former Region Grampian
  • Former District Kincardine And Deeside
  • Former County Kincardineshire

Archaeology Notes

NO67SE 4.00 68754 71818

NO67SE 4.01 68531 72205 North Lodge

NO67SE 4.02 69079 71997 East Lodge

NO67SE 4.03 68411 71503 West Lodge

NO67SE 4.04 6820 7171 Mains of Thornton

NO67SE 4.05 6855 7125 Thornton Home Farm

NO67SE 4.06 6882 7183 and 6873 7178 walled gardens

(NO 6874 7182) Thornton Castle (NR).

OS 6" map, (1959)

Thornton Castle, a seat of the Strachans, consisted of a round tower at the NE corner said to be the oldest part of the building, a square tower dated 1531, and a building dated 1662 connecting the two. The weather-vane bears the date 1680.

A Jervise 1875-9; New Statistical Account (NSA) 1845; Name Book 1863.

Thornton Castle is still occupied and according to the present owner (Sir C Thornton-Kemsley, Thornton Castle) the base of a tower on the N is a survival of a 14th century building. The part of the castle dated 1531 is an 'L'-plan tower.

Visited by OS (RL) 18 August 1971.


Scottish Castle Survey 1988; N Bogdan and I B D Bryce 1991.

Air photographs: AAS/97/03/G4/24-7 and AAS/97/03/CT.

NMRS, MS/712/29.


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