Listed Building

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Address/Name of Site


Status: Removed


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Date Added
Date Removed:
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NJ 93732 66942
393732, 866942

Removal Reason

Dual designation


Large roofless courtyard castle of varying dates with

extensive walled garden at N. Forecourt or 'pleasance' at W

abutting road approached through archway. Rubble, tooled

ashlar dressings, some grey granite and some red sandstone


Entrance from road through round-headed and roll-moulded arch

under gabled overthrow dated 1656 to forecourt.

Principal castle defensive enclosure entered from forecourt

through W curtain wall incorporated in 2-storey range; centre

low vaulted passage flanked by former guardrooms leading to

inner courtyard.

Courtyard dominated by 15th century large 2-storey rubble

keep, a tower with off-centre round-headed entrance with large

keystone leading to vaulted undercroft; front E wall of upper

hall broken away to reveal high barrel vaulted chamber. Tall

3-stage angle drum tower at NG adjoining roof less 2 and

3-storey range fronting inner court. This range has 2 carved

coats of arms incorporated, one dated 1577 with Scottish

royal arms, the other (above entrance) dated 1603 with royal

coat of arms.

Courtyard flanked N and S with ranges abutting the outer

walls; roofless range at S; at N 2-storey range with 1st

floor approached by forestair with partially intact slated

roof, used as a farmhouse in 19th century.

Outside the central square walled enclosure at N is large,

high rubble walled garden. At S a small bothy with random

rubble N elevation and 3-bay 19th century masonry S elevation

with granite long and short dressings, end stacks and slate


Statement of Special Interest

Keep said to be 15th century and to have been built by

William Forbes (son of Sir John Forbes of Druminor) who came

into Pitsligo by his marriage with only daughter of Sir

William Fraser of Philorth. 1663 coat of arms of those of

Alexander, 2nd Lord Pitsligo. The royal coats of arms are for

James VI who was 11 in 1577; that of 1603 may commemorate

James' succession to throne of England at that date.

Scheduled Ancient Monument.



THE STATISTICAL ACCOUNT (1791, Witherington and Grant ed,

vol xv, 1982), p.398. MacGibbon and Ross, THE CASTELLATED AND


Pratt, BUCHAN (1858, revised 1901), pp. 75-6.

About Listed Buildings

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Listing is the process that identifies, designates and provides statutory protection for buildings of special architectural or historic interest as set out in the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings which are found to be of special architectural or historic interest using the selection guidance published in Designation Policy and Selection Guidance (2019)

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