Aberdeenshire HER - NJ52SE0001 - LESLIE CASTLE

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Primary ReferenceNJ52SE0001
NameLESLIE CASTLE
NRHE Card No.NJ52SE1
NRHE Numlink 17679
HES SM No.
HES LB No. 9239
Site Form Standing Structure
Site Condition Complete 2
Details Leslie Castle, dated 1661, the latest example of a fortified house in Scotland. Built for William Forbes of Monymusk, it is L-plan, with a large square stair tower in the angle. It was surrounded by a wall and had a drawbridge and gatehouse. There are circular turrets at each main angle, many gun-loops and shot-holes. The basement is vaulted. The main block contains the kitchen with great fireplace in the west gable and a stone trough for water supply. The moat is almost certainly a relic of the ancient Fortalice of the Leslies. A 12th century castle stood on this site prior to the later 17th century castle. The present castle was restored in 1981-86 to as near original state as possible. Later in use as a private hotel, and then as a bed and breakfast.
Last Update13/12/2021
Updated Byjnicholson
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Date of Compilation 

Easting: 359973.993404853, Northing: 824822.906585301

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Monument Type 1Monument Type 2Monument Type 3OrderProbability
FORTALICES SITE OFA100
CASTLES SITE OFB100
HOUSES FORTIFIEDC100
TOWERSSQUARE D100
WALLSCURTAINSITE OFE100
DRAW-BRIDGES SITE OFF100
MOATS REMAINS OFG100
TURRETSCIRCULAR H100
GUN-LOOPS  I100
SHOT-HOLES  J100
VAULTSBARREL K100
KITCHENS  L100
FIREPLACES KITCHENM100
TROUGHSSTONE N100
GRILLES WINDOWO100
HALLSGREAT P100