Originally: large square tower with corbelled parapet and
angle rounds 41' x 29'8" ground floor perhaps mid 13th
century, 14th century at latest; upper floors 15th century.
Ground and 1st floors vaulted, boulder rubble, original
staircase in thickness of wall, with meurtriere feature at
foot, upper parts now infilled. Smaller circular tower to
S.W. with set back upper floor 1545, made parts of Z-plan
arrangement later in century by linking wing, jamb with
turnpike stair to link with original tower added at same
date. Abandoned 1799, central part of linking building
demolished. Towers restored, courtyard wall demolished and
link building reconstructed (wider on S. than originally)
Jenkins and Marr 1896-7 for Sir John Duthie. Harled with
margins and dressings, sandstone or local heathen stone at
original work, granite at later work. Design of 1st floor S.
windows modified, internal alterations 1966 and some chimney
pieces from Tarbat House inserted.
Statement of Special Interest
for original keep. Originally Philorth belonged to the
Comyns, confiscated 1306, given by Bruce to John Ross, son of
Earl of Ross to Sir Alexander Fraser of Cowie 1375; 1615 sold
to Robert Fraser of Durris renamed Cairnbulg. Sold to Col.
Buchan of Auchmacoy early 18th century and in 1739 to Alex
Aberdein; 1775 to Earl of Aberdeen; bequeathed to Gordon of
Cairbulg (See Mormond) 1801 Sold to Duthies 1862, repurchased
by the present Lord Saltoun 1934.
O.S.A. v.6 p.19 quoted N.S.A. v.12 3.S.A., P.294, p.319. C. &
D. Arch v.1 p.309 (il and plan) Giles, Castles of
Aberdeenshire XX, XXI Lord Saltoun, Cairnbulg Castle Aberdeen
University Review v. XLI p.21-25 (1963) (il and plan) Lord
Saltoun, The Frasers of Philorth (1879) Aberdeen Journal May
21st 1896, Sept. 11th 1897, Aberdeen Evening Express Sept.
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