MHG667 - Forse Castle


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Type and Period (1)

  • CASTLE (Medieval - 1058 AD to 1559 AD)

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Site photographed by Pat & Lawrence Message, 3/2002. The Highland Archaeology Challenge - see Assoc. Docs. File for plan.
J Aiktne : 22/1/2004

ND23SW 1 2240 3382.
Forse Castle (NR) OS 6" map, (1959)

Forse Castle stands on a steep-sided rocky peninsula, protected on N by a natural ditch formerly crossed by a drawbridge. The gateway to the castle is protected by the keep on the W and a gatehouse on the E. The keep measures internally 21 by 11.5ft, with walls 7ft thick, standing up to 30ft in height. The triangular courtyard has ranges of buildings on the E and W sides. The castle probably dates from the 14th or early 15th century.
RCAHMS 1911; D MacGibbon and T Ross 1887-92.

Forse Castle, generally as described. Walling which may have encompassed the peninsula is evident on the E side.
Surveyed at 1:2500. Visited by OS (R L) 14 March 1968.

The keep is still upstanding but has a large crack down the landward face, and there is also some undermining of the wall.
C E Batey 1982.

Untitled Source (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG3936.

Untitled Source (Image/Photograph(s)/Aerial Photograph). SHG4017.

MacGibbon, D and Ross, T, 1887-92, The castellated and domestic architecture of Scotland from the twelfth to the eighteenth centuries, Vol 4, 299; plan (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, 48-9, No. 185 (Text/Report). SHG2664.

Miller, D B, 1977, 'Historic castles and families of the north. 6. Forse Castle- The Sutherlands of Forse', Caithness Fld Club Bulletin Vol. 2 Oct 1977, p.53-7, 53-7 (Text/Publication/Article). SHG901.

Batey, C E, 1982, Caithness coastal survey 1982: interim reports 1980-2, No. 248 (Text/Report). SHG1960.

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Grid reference Centred ND 2240 3381 (300m by 300m) (Buffered by site type)
Map sheet ND23SW
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

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