MHG10841 - Dunrobin Castle


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  • CASTLE (Medieval to 19th Century - 1058 AD to 1900 AD)

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Dubrobin Castle (name verified) is a large and outstanding mansion still occupied and as described by previous authorities.
Externally it appears to be 18/19th century with little of the 17th century work visible, the tower house being entirely enclosed by later work. There is no evidence of any structure ante-dating the tower house. Visited by OS (E G C) 4 April 1962 and (J M) 19 January 1976.

(NC 8505 0082) Dunrobin Castle (NAT) OS 6" map, (1964)

Dunrobin Castle, principal seat of Sutherland family since C12th, consists of a keep at the NE angle built about 1401 and vaulted on each floor - an unusual feature.
In 17th century a large house on the plan of a central courtyard was erected to SW of keep and connected to it with a turnpike-stair tower. These wings were altered and added to in 1785 and in 1845-50 a huge mansion was built on NE side.
The whole was restored early 20th century and is in use as a school.
D MacGibbon and T Ross 1887-92; RCAHMS 1911, visited 1909; N Tranter 1962-70.

(NC 8505 0081) St John's Well (NR)
OS 6" map, Sutherland, 1st ed., (1873)

St John's Well is a very deep pump well in the courtyard of the ancient portion of the castle. No information regarding the origin of the name can be found.
Name Book 1873.

See NMRS Lorimer Collection for full range of plans.

OWNER: The Duke of Sutherland
ARCHITECT: Sir Charles Barry-North front of Dunrobin Castle with W Leslie of Aberdeen 1844-1848

Sir Robert Lorimer-large alterations after fire in 1915

"J.M."-improvements c. 1785 Probably John McLeran (See Tarbat House)

Built for Lord Strathnaver 1732. Brick addition when building converted to museum.

Country Life, August 18th 1966 pp.395-6
Scottish Country Life, Vol VI, No 9, pp.367-70, Sept 1919

Golspie/Lairg Local Plan, July 1983: P48/101. Listed Buildings. POLICY - A five year programme of essential repairs is to be undertaken at Dunrobin Castle by the Sutherland Trust.
J Aitken : 11/06/01.

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Grid reference Centred NC 8505 0082 (65m by 67m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NC80SE
Geographical Area SUTHERLAND
Civil Parish GOLSPIE

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