MHG2610 - Fort Augustus Abbey


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  • CHURCH (Post Medieval to 21st Century - 1560 AD to 2100 AD)

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Drumnadrochit & Fort Augustus Local Plan, Oct. 1991: P13/2.39. Ancient Mons & Archyl. Sites.
J Aitken : 24/05/01.
NH30NE 6 3818 0914.

Fort Augustus, named after the Duke of Cumberland, is said to have superseded Kiliwhimin (NH 30 NE 5) in 1727, although the heading of the plan states that it was begun in 1729 and finished in 1742.
Because of its central position it was designed as a fortified residence, suitable for a GHQ with a governor. The central complex was enclosed with massive outworks.
The fort was captured and slighted by the Jacobites in 1745. After Culloden it was repaired, and the rebuilding is still visible at the salient angles of the bastions.
Fort Augustus is now absorbed into the Benedictine Monastery of that name.
S Cruden 1960

The original fort has been incorporated in St. Benedict's Abbey. The NE bastion survives to full height, but only the lower courses of the W bastion remain. The S and SE bastions, and the SE side of the fort have been destroyed.
Visited by OS (N K B) 28 April 1964.

The Barracks of Kiliwhiman, built 1718 (now part of the Lovat Arms Hotel - NH30NE 5) were replaced by the 'modern' Fort Augustus, built 1729-42 (Fort Augustus, Old Fort Augustus). The remains of this fort are incorporated into Fort Augustus Abbey and Church (NH30NE 6).

NMRS Photographs
W Schomberg Scott Manuscripts MS/908 Acc No 1997/39
3 interior photographs.

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Grid reference Centred NH 3819 0910 (58m by 54m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NH30NE
Geographical Area INVERNESS

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