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Tilquhillie Castle

Tower House (Medieval)

Site Name Tilquhillie Castle

Classification Tower House (Medieval)

Alternative Name(s) Tilquhilly Castle, Tilquillie

Canmore ID 36725

Site Number NO79SW 3

NGR NO 72176 94143

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

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

Archaeology Notes

NO79SW 3 72176 94143

Tilquhilly Castle. A plain but massive specimen of the Scottish house of the end of the 16th century. It is on the plan of a central keep with towers at diagonally opposite angles; the towers no longer having a tower-like appearance externally. They merely form part of the house. The castle is said to have been built in 1576.

D MacGibbon and T Ross, 1887-92.

Tilquhillie Castle is a well-preserved Z-plan tower-house said to have been built by John Douglas in 1576. It comprises three rectangular blocks, the corners of which are rounded off and corbelled out to the eaves level, and the gables are crow-stepped. The entrance and principal stair are placed in the SE re-entrant angle to the S of the central block, and a secondary stair is corbelled out in the corresponding angle to the N of the central block. The rooms on the ground floor are all barrel-vaulted. The Douglas arms are set in a panel above the entrance.

NSA 1845; D MacGibbon and T Ross 1887-92; RCAHMS 1984, visited January 1984.


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


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