MHG1052 - Tower House, Brims Castle

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Type and Period (2)

  • TOWER HOUSE (Built, 16th Century to 17th Century - 1575 AD to 1625 AD (between))
  • GABLED HOUSE (18th Century - 1800 AD to 1800 AD (circa))

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Castle (NR) (rems of) OS 1:10,000 map, (1975)

The remains of Brims Castle, a late 16th-century rubble-built tower house on L-plan consisting of a crow-step gabled main block, three storeys and an attic in height, lying E-W with a projecting stair wing in NE. An open wall-head turret commands entrance at first floor level in E of the stair wing. A courtyard to N has been filled with later subsidiary buildings on E, but on W there remains part of the high curtain wall, containing a round-arched and mouled gateway, surmounted by an empty heraldic panel space.
Still partly occupied as part of the adjoining farm, Brims Castle belonged to the Sinclair family.
D MacGibbon and T Ross 1887-92; RCAHMS 1911; N Tranter 1962-70.

Brims Castle is now partly unroofed.
Revised at 1:2500. Visited by OS (N K B) 28 October 1964.

The building was listed at Category B in 1971.

Brims Castle is now a roofless shell in a dangerous state.
Revised at 1:2500. Visited by OS (N K B) 13 August 1981.

The building was Scheduled in 1992.

Keith Tilley posted a photograph of this site on the Highland HER Facebook page in June 2011. <1>

The building was de-listed by Historic Scotland in August 2015 as part of a project looking at dual designations of castles in the Highlands. It remains a scheduled monument. <2>


MacGibbon, D and Ross, T, 1887-92, The castellated and domestic architecture of Scotland from the twelfth to the eighteenth centuries, Vol. 3, 628-9; plan, illust (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG2442.


RCAHMS, 1911, The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments and Constructions of Scotland. Third report and inventory of monuments and constructions in the county of Caithness, 114-15, No. 424 (Text/Report). SHG2664.


Tranter, N, 1962-70, The fortified house in Scotland, Vol. 5, 86 (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG2893.


<1> Highland Council, 2011, Highland HER Facebook page, Keith Tilley, 07/06/2011 (Interactive Resource/Webpage). SHG25262.


<2> Jackson, L., 2015, Combined Statutory and Descriptive List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest (Highland Council, One Hundred and Ninty Sixth Amendment) 2015 (Text/Designation Notification/List of Buildings). SHG27377.

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Location

Grid reference Centred ND 0433 7101 (70m by 98m)
Map sheet ND07SW
Civil Parish THURSO
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

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