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ID:MHG4571
Type of record:Monument
Name:Castle Roy
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Castle Roy, interior (Slide 111)  © Please contact Highland Council for detailsDoorway (Slide 113)  © Please contact Highland Council for detailsInterior (Slide 115)  © Please contact Highland Council for detailsInterior (Slide 166)  © Please contact Highland Council for detailsCastle Roy  © Please contact Highland Council for detailsCastle Roy, Detail  © Please contact Highland Council for detailsCastle Roy, Detail  © Please contact Highland Council for details

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Grid Reference:NJ 0065 2192
Map Sheet:NJ02SW
Civil Parish:ABERNETHY AND KINCARDINE
Geographical Area:BADENOCH AND STRATHSPEY

Monument Types

Protected Status:Scheduled Monument 952: Castle Roy

Other References/Statuses

  • Historic Environment Record: MHG4571
  • NMRS NUMLINK Reference: 15715
  • Old SMR Reference Number: NJ02SW0001

Full description

(NJ 0065 2192) Castle Roy (NAT).
OS 6"map, Inverness-shire, 2nd ed., (1903)

A simple 13th century fortress with no history but said to have been a stronghold of the Comyns.
It consists of an enclosing wall 7ft thick and from 10-15ft high enclosing a space 80 x 53ft, with a N doorway and a square tower at the NW angle.
Late 12th to early 13th century. (J G Dunbar 1966)
D MacGibbon and T Ross 1887-92; J G Dunbar 1966.

The remains of Castle Roy are as described and planned by MacGibbon & Ross.
Visited by OS (N K B) 7 September 1966.

A geophysical survey and trial trenching evaluation was carried out in December 1995 in advance of a car parking development adjacent to Castle Roy, a scheduled ancient monument (NMRS NJ 02 SW 1). An area of 0.15ha was assessed. Nothing of note was revealed by the geophysical survey. Trial trenching revealed no evidence of a settlement on the S side of the castle, nor was there any evidence of a defensive ditch associated with the castle. These findings support the theory put forward by MacGibbon and Ross that Castle Roy may never have had a defensive ditch. If, as the results indicted, the low-lying land on the immediate S side of the castle was prone to waterlogging, then this may have provided a sufficient natural defence in antiquity. <1>

BAS Local Plan, Sept. 1997: P19/2.5.14. Archaeological Sites.
POLICY - The Council will encourage public access and interpretation in suitable cases - improved parking and access, subject to public safety and restoration works.
J Aitken : 24/05/01.

Access Audit 22 - HAW 11/2003


Castle Roy : general view from NW. (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG11960.


Castle Roy : interior. (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG11959.


Castle Roy : Tower interior. (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG11526.


Castle Roy from S. (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG13624.


Castle Roy, Interior (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG7140.


Castle Roy. (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG11958.


Castle Roy. (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG12689.


Castle Roy. (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG12703.


Castle Roy. (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG12704.


Highland Council Archaeology Unit, HCAU Slide Collection Sheet 6, 111-16 (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG24257.


Highland Council Archaeology Unit, HCAU Slide Collection Sheet 8, 166 (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG24259.


<1> Mackenzie, J.R., 1996, Archaeological Evaluation: Nethybridge Cemetery, Nethybridge (Text/Report/Fieldwork Report). SHG21739.

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