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Inverness, Castle Wynd, Sheriff Court House

Court House (19th Century), Police Station (19th Century)

Site Name Inverness, Castle Wynd, Sheriff Court House

Classification Court House (19th Century), Police Station (19th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Castle Hill; County Buildings; Sheriff Court And Police Station

Canmore ID 98264

Site Number NH64NE 504

NGR NH 66647 45065

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


Ordnance Survey licence number AC0000807262. All rights reserved.
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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Inverness And Bona
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Inverness
  • Former County Inverness-shire

Archaeology Notes

NH64NE 504 66647 45065


(Court House) [NAT]

OS (GIS) MasterMap, September 2009.

Architecture Notes (9 March 2022 - 10 March 2022)

Inverness Castle was recorded as part of the Threatened Building Survey on 9th March 2022. It was impossible for the building to be recorded whilst it was in operation as the Inverness Sheriff Court and due to delays caused by the Covid-Pandemic recording could only take place after the building had been vacated and partially stripped. William Burn designed the Court House 1833-6 (the south wing) and Thomas Brown II designed the Police Station and Prison 1846-8 (the north wing). The well of the original castle, restored in 1909, lies in the courtyard between the two buildings. Inverness Castle is being redeveloped as a ‘new world class visitor attraction.’ The regeneration of Inverness Castle is being designed by LDN Architects.

Architecture Notes

NH64NE Grid Ref: NH 66647 45065

Source: O/S 1:1250 Map.

Castle Wynd, Castle Hill, Sheriff Court and Prison

Rearrangement of Jail Buildings as County Offices

Architects: Ross & Macbeth (I.C. Jan. 8, 1904)

REFERENCE, Scottish Record Office:

Meeting concerning a new courthouse and jail. Excerpts from minutes.

1812 GD46/17/58

REFERENCE, Scottish Record Office:

Need for a new courthouse and jail.

Excerpts from Minutes of a General Meeeting where plans were discussed.

1812 GD 46/17/59

REFERENCE, Scottish Record Office:

"The Castle" [The County Hall]

Letter from William Brodie to Tytler.

His letter concerns the preparations for laying the Foundation Stone with full Maxonic ceremony.

1834 GD 128/37/15

[*Architect: William Burn 1789-1870]

(Undated) information in NMRS.


Design (1833 - 1835)

Sheriff Court design by William Burn, 1833-1835.

Gifford 1992

Design (1846 - 1848)

District Court, designed as Inverness Jail, by Thomas Brown Jr. Built 1846-48 following demolition of the castle after the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745-46.

Gifford 1992

Photographic Survey (2003)

Photographed as part of the RCAHMS Area Photographic Survey.


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