MHG8491 - Rockfield Castle (Formerly Little Tarrel Castle)

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Type and Period (2)

  • TOWER HOUSE (Post Medieval - 1560 AD to 1900 AD)
  • (Alternate Type) CASTLE (Post Medieval - 1560 AD to 1900 AD)

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Little Tarrel is a small, recently-restored L-plan house, originally built in the mid 16th century; an inscription beneath a first-floor window gives the date 155- ?. Reid (1894) assumes that the missing digit is a 9 (Name Book, however, gives 1550). The building was subsequently sub-divided and modified on more than one occasion; an external forestair was introduced and part of the ground floor was set aside for farming purposes, an alteration that involved the removal of a vault and of an internal stair in an area that later collapsed; but much of the orginal detailing still survives, most notably in the vaulted kitchen and the first-floor chamber above it in the E wing. (See Stell 1986 for plans.)
Orig Paroch Scot 1855; Name Book 1872; F N Reid 1894; G Stell 1986.


Name Book (County), Object Name Books of the Ordnance Survey, Book No. 30, 69 (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG3362.


OPS, 1855, Origines parochiales Scotiae: the antiquities ecclesiastical and territorial of the parishes of Scotland, 448-50 (Text/Publication/Monograph). SHG342.


Reid, F N, 1894, The Earls of Ross and their descendants, 37-9 (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG2692.


Tranter, N, 1962-70, The fortified house in Scotland, Vol. 5, 164 (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG2893.


RCAHMS, 1979, The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. The archaeological sites and monuments of Easter Ross, Ross and Cromarty District, Highland Region, 30, No. 259 (Text/Report). SHG2670.


Maclennan, J, 1981, Scot Mag 1981, p.37-9, 37-9 (Text/Publication/Article). SHG3452.


Stell, G, 1986, Architecture and society in Easter Ross before 1707, 121-3 (Text/Publication/Article). SHG3139.

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Location

Grid reference Centred NH 9105 8195 (40m by 40m) (Buffered by site type)
Map sheet NH98SW
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY
Civil Parish TARBAT

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