MHG2241 - Castle of Mey


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

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(ND 2902 7390) Castle of Mey (NR) OS 1:10,000 map, (1976)
Castle of Mey, formerly known as Barrogill Castle, has reverted to its original name. It is basically LC16 Z-plan castle but its appearance has been much altered by 19th century crenellation and heightening.
The main block, with thick walls and gunloops, is 3 storeys and an attic in height and lies E-W with a square wing projecting at SW end and a smaller, square stair-tower to NE, each rising a storey higher than main building. An unusual feature is massive chimney-stack at E end. There is a curtain-walled courtyard, entered by a round-arched gateway, to N. Castle was built by Sinclairs 1567 and remained in their virtually unbroken possession until LC19 After a period of neglect it was bought and restored by HM Queen Mother c1960.
RCAHMS 1911; N Tranter 1962-70; F H Groome 1901; HBD No1

Castle architecturally as described above except orientation of some features is incorrect. 'square wing' is at SE corner and 'smaller square stair-tower' is in NW; latter feature is same height as main but original entrance was in N. Later additions extend from SW side and flank E and W sides of courtyard, which has date '1762' above arch leading into it.
Revised at 1:2500. Visited by OS (J B) 4 April 1982.

East Caithness Local Plan, May 1987: P31/2.53.
J Aitken : 22/05/01.

Parent for:
ND27SE0023 Gate Lodge JHooper, 21/09/2001

NB: Name Barrogill may be derived from Norse borger a burg or stronghold - HAW 1/2003

Photographs of the castle and gardens taken asa condition on a planning application. <1>

Interior photographs were submitted in support of a planning application in 2012. <2>

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Grid reference Centred ND 2901 7390 (33m by 36m) (2 map features)
Map sheet ND27SE
Civil Parish CANISBAY
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

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