MHG9012 - Kilcoy Castle


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  • CASTLE (Post Medieval - 1560 AD to 1900 AD)

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See also:
NH55SE0091 Gatepiers
JHooper, 5/11/2002
Inverness FC Vol II 1880 - p238: full desc of building, limited hist background. HAW- 9.2002
NH55SE 8.00 5762 5122
NH55SE 8.01 5766 5120 gate piers
Kilcoy Castle (NR) (restored) OS 6" map, (1973)

A 17th C Z-plan fortalice 4 storeys high of warm red rubble masonry pierced with gun-loops and shot-holes. The present entrance is in centre of S front but original was in the re-entrant angle with SE tower.
The castle was erected by Alexander MacKenzie, who aquired the property in 1618, and by end of 19th C it was a roofless ruin but it has since been restored.
This castle is as described above. The later additions to NW side were built in c1890. According to owner's wife (Mrs Robertson, Kilcoy Castle), castle's construction was started in 1618 by James Stewart of Newton. After his death property passed to Alexander MacKenzie.
D MacDonald and T Ross 1887; N Tranter 1970.

No change. Visited by RCAHMS (JRS) 3 March 1989.
ARCHITECT: Alexander Ross-restoration
ARCHITECTS: Ross & Macbeth (I.C. 25 Feb 1890) Restoration and additions

Kilcoy Castle, Balck Isle. (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG11634.

MacGibbon, D and Ross, T, 1887-92, The castellated and domestic architecture of Scotland from the twelfth to the eighteenth centuries, Vol. 3, 631-3; fig. 587 (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG2442.

Macdonald, W R, 1902, 'The heraldry in some of the old churchyards between Tain and Inverness', Proc Soc Antiq Scot Vol 36 1901-2, pp 688-732, 714 (Text/Publication/Article). SHG1679.

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, 18, No. 46 (Text/Report). SHG2664.

Tranter, N, 1962-70, The fortified house in Scotland, Vol. 5, 171-2 (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG2893.

Stell, G, 1986, Architecture and society in Easter Ross before 1707, 111-12 (Text/Publication/Article). SHG3139.

Kilcoy Castle, 1991, Kilcoy Castle, Black Isle, Ross-shire: {sale particulars} (Text/Publication/Leaflet). SHG2377.

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Grid reference Centred NH 5766 5123 (300m by 300m) (Buffered by site type)
Map sheet NH55SE
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY

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