Aberdeenshire HER - NJ93SE0024 - ABBOTSHALL

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Primary ReferenceNJ93SE0024
NameABBOTSHALL
NRHE Card No.NJ93SE24
NRHE Numlink 20487
HES SM No.
HES LB No.
Site Form Standing Structure
Site Condition Incomplete
Details Remains of hall or house erected in the 16th century by Abbot T Chrystall. It belonged to the Cistercian order at Kinloss Abbey. on the flattish summit of a tree-grown promontory bounded on the east and south sides by steep rocky slopes, the easiest means of approach being from the northeast. On the east side of the summit, a stretch of outer wall face, 2.0m long, can be seen just protruding through the turf. Elsewhere, loose stones and amorphous turf-covered banks testify to the former existence of an early building, but its shape cannot be ascertained. There is no trace of a round tower. Without excavation it cannot be determined whether this is a 16th century building. The walled garden, 15.0m to the northeast is probably later, though the tradition remains that this is the Abbot's Garden. There is no trace and no local knowledge of Abbot's Well. Site visit in 2001 recorded that the summit has a number of depressions which may be structures. Only one stone protruded from the grass on the east side of a circular depression, c.5m wide in the northwest corner of the site. To the north of the promontory the small garden area enclosed by a dry stone wall remains, measuring c.15m by 45m. Documentary research suggests that the Abbotshall depicted on the Pont map of Buchan (circa 1590-1600) my in fact be what was later known as Castle of Waterton (NJ93SE0007) based on the location on the map and the similarity of the building as depicted on the map and an illustration of the Castle of Waterton in a 19th century memoranda of the Forbes family of Waterton.
Last Update25/07/2019
Updated Bycpalmer
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Date of Compilation 

Easting: 398550.414092899, Northing: 830117.495401173

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National Grid Reference: NJ 9855 3011



Event Details

Event DateEvent TypeOASIS ID
2001 Field Observation

Excavations and Surveys


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Monument Types

Monument Type 1Monument Type 2Monument Type 3OrderProbability
HALLSABBOTREMAINS OFA100
GARDENSWALLED B100
WELLS SITE OFC100
GRANGES REMAINS OFD100
ORDERS CISTERCIANE100