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Lewis, Stornoway Castle

Castle (Medieval)

Site Name Lewis, Stornoway Castle

Classification Castle (Medieval)

Alternative Name(s) Stornoway, Old Castle

Canmore ID 4331

Site Number NB43SW 6

NGR NB 4213 3267

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Western Isles
  • Parish Stornoway
  • Former Region Western Isles Islands Area
  • Former District Western Isles
  • Former County Ross And Cromarty

Archaeology Notes

NB43SW 6 4213 3267

(NB 4213 3267) Old Castle (NR) (In Ruins)

OS 6" map, Ross-shire, 1st ed., (1851)

Mackenzie, without stating them, says that there are arguments to be found for ascribing an earlier date to this castle than the 15th century but not earlier than the 13th. All references are to Stornoway Castle or the Castle at Stornoway and the first historical reference is in 1506. It was destroyed during the Protectorate and later, restored; by 1849 only a fragment remained and this, together with the rock on which it stood, were incorporated in 1882 into harbour improvements.

W C Mackenzie 1919; M Martin 1934.

Information from D J Stevenson's Plans Habour Improvements 1855 and 1867, scale 40ft = 1 in (held in National Library Mss 5862/130 and 132)

At NB 4214 3267, on the east face of the north corner of a warehouse is a plaque referring to this castle.

Information from OS reviser (W Y R), 1 May 1964.


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