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Forse Castle

Castle (Medieval)

Site Name Forse Castle

Classification Castle (Medieval)

Alternative Name(s) Lat 248

Canmore ID 8640

Site Number ND23SW 1

NGR ND 2240 3382

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Latheron
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Caithness
  • Former County Caithness

Archaeology Notes

ND23SW 1 2240 3382.

(ND 2240 3382) Forse Castle (NR)

OS 6" map, (1959)

Forse Castle stands on a steep-sided rocky peninsula, protected on the N by a natural ditch formerly crossed by a drawbridge. The gateway to the castle is protected by the keep on the W and a gatehouse on the E. The keep measures internally 21 by 11 1/2ft, with walls 7ft thick, standing up to 30ft in height. The triangular courtyard has ranges of buildings on the E and W sides. The castle probably dates from the 14th or early 15th century.

D MacGibbon and T Ross 1887-92; RCAHMS 1911.

Forse Castle, generally as described. Walling which may have encompassed the peninsula is evident on the E side.

Surveyed at 1:2500.

Visited by OS (R L) 14 March 1968.

The keep is still upstanding but has a large crack down the landward face, and there is also some undermining of the wall.

C E Batey 1982.

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Project (1980 - 1982)

Field Visit (1982)

The keep is still upstanding but has a large crack down the landward face, and there is also some undermining of the wall.

C E Batey 1982.

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