Aberdeenshire HER - NJ75SE0002 - DELGATIE CASTLE

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Primary ReferenceNJ75SE0002
NameDELGATIE CASTLE
NRHE Card No.NJ75SE4
NRHE Numlink 19251
HES SM No.
HES LB No. 16421
Site Form Standing Structure
Site Condition Complete 2
Details Castle, still in use, which is one of a group of contemporary castles (Craig NJ42SE0003, Gight NJ83NW0003 and Towie Barclay NJ74SW0009 are others) that are said, by Dr Douglas Simpson, to be the work of the same master mason (traditionally said to be Alexander Conn, 1st of Auchry, it there is no documentary evidence to support this) and probably date from 16th century. This is indicated by dates over a fireplace (1570) and on the east side of a wing (1589). It is supposed that an earlier castle most likely existed here. Lyons suggests that some walls of an earlier tower may have been incorporated into the later structure, while Capt. Hay believed that the castle was rebuilt in 1346 and also noted changes in mason's marks at upper levels. It is a towerhouse of 4-storeys and attic, with a 5-storey wing with cape-house. The ground floor has a dungeon with mezzanine floor. The harled wing retains a corbelled ashlar parapet with bartizan with the upper part of main jamb having crow-stepped gables. In the interior there is an entrance passage with groin-vaulted vestibule at original entrance, a circular turnpike stair and painted ceilings of 16thC date.The hall was re-modelled as a ballroom in c1830. There are a number of painted ceilings of late 16th century date. There are two single-storey wings with three ogee-headed windows with cross finials. The dining room, which is in the west wing, is also known as 'the chapel'. The kitchen is in the east wing. Two screen walls, on the east and west, with buttresses, pinnacles and gablet, terminate to building. The west screen has a dummy doocot, and is extended by a concave-gabled screen wall into which a late medieval tomb recess and other fragments have been built in. The castle has been gradually restored since the 1950s.
Last Update23/02/2018
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Easting: 375447.228331133, Northing: 850539.597780594

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Monument Types

Monument Type 1Monument Type 2Monument Type 3OrderProbability
CASTLES  A100
TOWERS  B100
CAP-HOUSES  C100
DUNGEONS  D100
FLOORSMEZZANINE E100
PARAPETS CORBELLEDF100
MASON-MARKS  G100
BARTIZANS  H100
GABLES CROW-STEPPEDI100
VESTIBULES GROIN-VAULTEDJ100
HALLS  K100
GUARD-ROOMS  L100
SOLARS RIB-VAULTEDM100
STAIRCASESTURNPIKE N100
CEILINGS PAINTEDO100
WALLS SCREENP100
DOVECOTSFALSE Q100
RECESSESTOMB R100