Aberdeenshire HER - NJ62NW0043 - DUNNIDEER CASTLE

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Primary ReferenceNJ62NW0043
NameDUNNIDEER CASTLE
NRHE Card No.NJ62NW1
NRHE Numlink 18128
HES SM No. 95
HES LB No.
Site Form Standing Structure
Site Condition Incomplete
Details Remains of tower house castle, probably the earliest authenticated example of a tower house in Scotland with a suggested build date of circa 1260AD. Traditionally, a castle is said to have been built at this site in 890AD by Gregory the Great, with further suggestion of a castle being built by David, Earl of Huntingdon and Garioch, in 1178. The castle stands within an earlier hillfort (NJ62NW0001) and is built from vitrified fort material. It is a simple rectangular tower, apparently unvaulted, and has two narrow slit-widows in the basement. The west gable stands to a height of 9.14m with a broken lancet window in it. The ruins were consolidated in 1961.
Last Update24/04/2020
Updated Bycpalmer
Compiler 
Date of Compilation16/11/1977

Easting: 361229.974679421, Northing: 828155.709944007

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National Grid Reference: NJ 6122 2815



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Monument Types

Monument Type 1Monument Type 2Monument Type 3OrderProbability
TOWERHOUSES REMAINS OFA100
WINDOWSLANCET B100
WINDOWS NARROWC100
JAMBS SPLAYEDD100
GARDEROBES REMAINS OFE80