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.

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Grid reference Centred ND 2240 3381 (300m by 300m) (2 map features)
Map sheet ND23SW
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

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