Aberdeenshire HER - NJ50NW0002 - CORSE CASTLE

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Primary ReferenceNJ50NW0002
NameCORSE CASTLE
NRHE Card No.NJ50NW2
NRHE Numlink 17478
HES SM No. 2414
HES LB No.
Site Form Standing Structure
Site Condition Incomplete
Details Remains of castle. It is an unusual combination of L and Z-plan with a round stair tower attached to middle of S face of L-block and another round tower on the northwest corner. Built in 1581 for William Forbes whose initials and date are on lintel of entrance doorway. Walls are pierced with gun-loops and shot-holes. Interior wholly gutted and little of layout can be traced. One unusual feature is that the vaulted cellars were constructed only under part of the house, owing to the falling away of ground level. The great kitchen fireplace can be traced in the N gable of the main block. A remarkable survival of the compact 16th century, Scottish Z-plan castle. These relatively small scale castles, particularly well represented in Aberdeenshire, were the fortified homes of the minor aristocracy, regionally powerful landowner and successful merchant. As such they differ in function and design from the larger castles of the royal and political class, the need being both for family comfort and security. Hence the single small entrance to the castle and absence of windows on the ground floor but provision of large, elegant windows to the 1st floor where the main hall was located. Plans for restoration made 6/3/85.
Last Update27/04/2020
Updated Bycpalmer
Compiler 
Date of Compilation18/04/1978

Easting: 354875.760683991, Northing: 807393.489085534

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Monument Types

Monument Type 1Monument Type 2Monument Type 3OrderProbability
CASTLES REMAINS OFA100
TOWERSSTAIR B100
LINTELS DATEDC100
GUN-LOOPS  D100
SHOT-HOLES  E100
CELLARS VAULTEDF90
FIREPLACES KITCHENG100