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Cluny Crichton Castle

Tower House (17th Century)

Site Name Cluny Crichton Castle

Classification Tower House (17th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Clounie Crighton Castle

Canmore ID 36189

Site Number NO69NE 5

NGR NO 68587 99794

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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  • Council Aberdeenshire
  • Parish Banchory-ternan
  • Former Region Grampian
  • Former District Kincardine And Deeside
  • Former County Kincardineshire

Archaeology Notes

NO69NE 5 68587 99794

(NO 6858 9978) Cluny Crichton Castle (NR)

OS 6" map, 1959.


NMRS. Measured and drawn by Fenton Wyness 1929 - 1 sheet floor plans.

(Undated) information in NMRS.

Clounie Crichton Castle was built in 1666 by George Crichton of Cluny on the L-plan with a rectangular stair-tower set into the re-entrance angle. It stood three storeys and a garret in height, built of rough granite, but is now rapidly falling into complete decay, most of the dressed stonework having been removed.

The entrance, in the W side of the stair-tower, is protected by gun-holes with above it two recesses for coats of arms and a finely carved panel bearing the name and date.

J F Wyness 1939.

Site Management (16 May 1990)

Remains of a small 3 storey towerhouse, built on an L-plan with a turnpike stair in the re-entrant angle. An inset panel over the door reads "16 Clu(nie) 66 Crichto(un)e". (Historic Scotland)

The castle was built by George Crichton of Cluny just after his marriage to the daughter of Robert Douglas of Tilquhillie.


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