Aberdeenshire HER - NJ93SE0007 - CASTLE OF WATERTON

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Primary ReferenceNJ93SE0007
NameCASTLE OF WATERTON
NRHE Card No.NJ93SE7
NRHE Numlink 20509
HES SM No.
HES LB No.
Site Form Standing Structure
Site Condition Incomplete
Details Remains of castle of Waterton, supposedly built between 1630 and 1640. It was depicted in a 1770 sketch as a building of 4 storeys consisting of a central block with east and west wings, having crow-stepped gables, and slightly projecting from the main building. The remains of barrel-vaulting are discernible within and on the outside of the E and W walls. The remaining structure measures 4.4m E-W by 3.9m N-S internally with walls 0.7m thick and is reduced to c.3.0m maximum height. Wall footings continue for a short distance on either side of the S wall. The N wall, containing a modern entrance, appears to be more recent. One partly vaulted apartment bears a coat-of-arms and the a memorial plaque on the inner south wall with inscription 'This stone marks the site of the ancient seat of the family of Forbes, Lairds of Waterton AD 1630-1770'. Documentary research has concluded that the Castle of Waterton was known as Abbotshall in the mid 19th century, and is the building depicted on the Pont Map of Buchan (circa 1590- 1600) as a three or four storey towerhouse of three bays with the three gables facing the main approach. It is consistent with the illustration of the Castle of Waterton in a book of memoranda of the family of Forbes of Waterton published in 1857. This would also indicate an earlier date of construction, prior to the arrival of the Forbes family. The castle and its estates remained in the Forbes family until sold to the Earl of Aberdeen around 1700. See also NJ93SE0024)
Last Update25/07/2019
Updated Bycpalmer
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Date of Compilation 

Easting: 397289.737970747, Northing: 830336.742418121

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Artefact and Ecofact

Date MDate YArtefact TypeFinderRecovery MethodConditionStorage LocationAccess No.
   DRINKING HORN Stray Find National Museum of Scotland  

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Monument Types

Monument Type 1Monument Type 2Monument Type 3OrderProbability
CASTLES REMAINS OFA100
VAULTSBARRELREMAINS OFB100
STONES INSCRIBEDC100
HORNSDRINKING D100