MHG39786 - Manse, Ormlie Castle


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  • MANSE (Undated)

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  • None recorded

Full Description

Castlegreen Manse (NAT) on site of (NAT) Castle (NR) OS 6" map, (1971)

The Castle of Thurso, also called Castle of Ormly, built on rising ground termed the Brown Hill, was occupied by Earls of Orkney. The foundations were dug up a few years ago and its well, about 20ft deep, strongly built and circuar from the bottom, was cleared out. Since then it has been filled in and obliterated. The manse was built on site of castle in 1818, some of the remaining stones being used to build it. The castle was destroyed by fire in the early 16th century.
Name Book 1872.

Torfaeus, writing of Castle Ormlie in 17th century, speaks of it as Castrum de Thorsa, the seat of the Scandinavian Earls.
T Torfaeus 1866; W Campbell 1902.

There is no trace of a castle at Manse. No further info obtained. Visited by OS (E G C) 18 April 1962.

No change Visited by OS (J M) 30 September 1981.

1st ed OS desc as Castle Green Manse on site of Ormelie Castle - HAW 10/2002

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Grid reference Centred ND 1125 6805 (84m by 74m) (2 map features)
Map sheet ND16NW
Civil Parish THURSO
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

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