MHG421 - Halberry Castle

Summary

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Type and Period (2)

  • PROMONTORY FORT (Medieval to 19th Century - 1058 AD to 1900 AD)
  • (Alternate Type) CASTLE (Medieval to 19th Century - 1058 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Halberry Castle (NR) (remains of) OS 6" map, (1971)

The foundation of a rectangular keep, 44 by 28ft, which is said to have belonged to Crowner Gunn in C15th. The promontory on which it stood has been crossed at neck by a rock-cut ditch about 25ft wide.
RCAHMS 1911.

Halberry Castle is turf-covered footings of a tower, 19 by 6 by 0.6m high, defended on landward side by a deep ditch spanned by a causeway. The ditch appears to have been mutilated by quarrying at its NW end. From a point 4m NW of tower, there is a low turf-covered wall running N across the promontory forming a second line of defence, the gap between the wall and tower being the entrance.
Between tower and ditch are the vague footings of a rectangular building, 8 by 4.5m, which is probably contemporary with tower. Name but not date verified.
Resurveyed at 1:2500. Visited by OS (N K B) 11 May 1967.


Promontory Fort, Halberry Head. (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG11419.


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, 84-5, No. 306 (Text/Report). SHG2664.


Miller, D B, 1975, 'Historical castles and families of the north. 2. Castle Gunn and Halberry- The Gunns', Caithness Fld Club Bulletin Vol. 1 Oct 1975, p.76-8, 76-8 (Text/Publication/Article). SHG2966.


Batey, C E, 1984, Caithness Coastal Survey 1980-82: Dunnet Head to Ousdale, LAT 225 (Text/Report/Fieldwork Report). SHG1958.

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Map

Location

Grid reference Centred ND 3014 3773 (201m by 134m) (Buffered by site type)
Map sheet ND33NW
Civil Parish LATHERON
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

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