MHG8948 - Country House at the site of Foulis Castle
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Type and Period (2)
- COUNTRY HOUSE (Medieval to 19th Century - 1058 AD to 1900 AD)
- CASTLE (Medieval - 1058 AD to 1559 AD)
NH56SE 2 5894 6411.
The Munros have experienced a succession of residences at Foulis since at least later 13th or early 14th centuries. It is usually assumed that the present neo-Classical mansion was built de novo on a cleared site to replace a burnt-out stone castle. The house and its adjacent ranges bear datestones of 1754, 1777 and 1792, but there are some features that clearly antedate this 18th-century building; plan and details of northern wing to rear of kitchen are probably ascribable to later 17th century; 16th- or 17th-century architectural fragments are grouped in re-use in central basement area; and a barrel-vaulted chamber in one of courtyard buildings appears to be of similar age.
NMRS record sheet RCR/21/1
G Stell 1986.
OWNER: Captain Patrick Munro
ARCHITECT: Robert Hurd-restoration
Foulis Castle was one of twenty sites to have been part of the SCOT2K Native Pine Dendrochronology Project. One of the aims of this project included dating and provenancing of native Scottish pine timbers in buildings and archaeological sites and dates were found to range from the fifteenth to the nineteenth centuries, from high-status castles to modest cruck cottages. They were mostly located in the Highlands where Scots pine occurs naturally and so these areas were more likely to have had native pine used in buildings, although an early example of long-distance transport is also identified. More widely in Scotland, many historic buildings are dominated by imported timber from the 15th century onwards, and native timbers may be under recognised, something the project is helping to address. Sarking board from native Scots pine at Foulis Castle was dated to the 17th century, with a terminus post quem date of AD 1690. 17th century buildings were poorly represented in the project, Foulis Castle being the only example and a higher status building. This may partly be a reflection of the widespread destruction of property in the Highlands following the Battle of Culloden. <1> Summary of results. <2>
- --- SHG1651 Text/Publication/Article: Stell, G. 1982. 'The earliest tolbooths: a preliminary account', Proc Soc Antiq Scot Vol. 111 1981, p.445-53. Proc Soc Antiq Scot. 445-53. 105, 107.
- --- SHG18339 Image/Photograph(s): Foulis Castle. Colour Slide; Digital Image. .
- --- SHG1941 Text/Publication/Volume: Bain, R. 1899. History of the ancient province of Ross. 55-6.
- --- SHG2053 Text/Publication/Volume: Close-Brooks, J. 1986. Exploring Scotland's Heritage: The Highlands. 150, No. 80.
- --- SHG2531 Text/Publication/Volume: Monroe, H. 1929. Foulis Castle and the Monroes of Lower Iveagh.
- --- SHG25366 Image/Photograph(s): Taylor, A. 02/2010. A Collection of Highland Buildings and Monuments. Colour. Yes. Digital.
- --- SHG3048 Text/Publication/Article: McInnes, C T. 1940. 'Calendar of writs of Munro of Foulis 1299-1823', Scot Rec Soc Vol. 72. Scot Rec Soc. Nos. 5, 6, 8, 12, 15, 18, 21.
- --- SHG4111 Image/Photograph(s): B/W Negative. .
- --- SHG4112 Image/Photograph(s): B/W Negative. .
- --- SHG4113 Image/Photograph(s): B/W Negative. .
- --- SHG4114 Image/Photograph(s): B/W Negative. .
- --- SHG4115 Image/Photograph(s): B/W Negative. .
- --- SHG4116 Image/Photograph(s): B/W Negative. .
- --- SHG7107 Image/Photograph(s): Sundial. Digital Image. .
- --- SHG7108 Image/Photograph(s): Castle. Digital Image. .
- --- SHG7762 Image/Photograph(s): Foulis. Digital Image. .
- --- SHG7763 Image/Photograph(s): Roof timbers at Foulis. Digital Image. .
- --- SHG7764 Image/Photograph(s): Foulis Castle. Digital Image. .
- --- SHG7765 Image/Photograph(s): Grave Slab at Foulos. Digital Image. .
- --- SHG809 Text/Publication/Article: Forman, S. 1957. 'Foulis Castle', Scot Fld Vol. 105 March 1957, p.31-3. Scot Fld. 31-3. 31-3.
- <1> SHG27921 Text/Publication/Article: Mills, C., Crone, A., Wood, C. and Wilson, R.. 2017. Dendrochronologically Dated Pine Buildings from Scotland: The SCOT2K Native Pine Dendrochronology Project. Vernacular Architecture Vol. 48. 23-43.
- <2> SHG27917 Text/Publication/Article: Mills, C., Crone, A., Wood, C. and Wilson, R.. 2017. The SCOT2K Native Pine Dendrochronology Project: Dating Summary. Discovery and Excavation in Scotland 2017. 215-218. Paper (Copy).
|Grid reference||Centred NH 5894 6411 (40m by 40m) (Buffered by site type)|
|Geographical Area||ROSS AND CROMARTY|
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External Links (3)
- http://portal.historicenvironment.scot/designation/LB7911 (Online designation description (Historic Environment Scotland))
- https://canmore.org.uk/site/12906 (View HES Canmore entry for this site)
- https://doi.org/10.1080/03055477.2017.1372674 (Link to on-line published article)
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