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CASTLE STREET DORNOCH CASTLE (CASTLE HOTEL) AND GARDEN WALLLB24636

Status: Designated

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Summary

Information

  • Category: B
  • Date Added: 18/03/1971

Location

  • Local Authority: Highland
  • Planning Authority: Highland
  • Burgh: Dornoch

National Grid Reference

  • NGR: NH 79717 89619
  • Coordinates: 279717, 889619

Description

Circa 1500, substantially rebuilt after 1570 fire at which

date upper part of tower with angle bartizans built,

extensive alterations and additions 1813-14 and 1880. Rubble-

built, techniques varying at different periods, some ashlar

dressings. 5-storey tower (formerly SW tower of castle

complex) with stair turret at SE door at base of turret with roll-moulded architrave; some windows enlarged in 19th

century; corbelled angle bartizans unusually deepl

projecting at SW possibly with mutilated carved stone at

base of corbelling and reset in 19th century recasting;

gabletted crowsteps. coped apex stacks. Prior to 1813 tower

linked to 1, 2 and 3-storey ranges of which that part of the

S facing raised 2-storey range with the large 16th century

stack (to serve vaulted kitchens) survives. 1813-14 castle

adapted to use as court, possible lower part of block

attached to S gable of tower added and Gothic door added

opening onto terrace, parts of courtyard to N demolished.

Circa 1880 NS facing range and SW block raised and gabletted

dormers inserted; conical roofed stair turret on N face

possible added at this date; 3-storey E tower probably 1880s.

Roofs slated.

Interior: little of note remains; vaulted ground floor, some

16th/17th moulded doorpieces, vestiges of nook shafts,

possibly supporting earlier fireplace canopy; later 18th

century chimneypiece.

Statement of Special Interest

Originally episcopal palace gifted by Bishop Robert Stewart

to John, 11th Earl of Sutherland in 1557. Dated 1814 with

arms Duchess/Countess of Sutherland. Used in 19th century

as jail, court house and school. By 1881 "refitted and

refurbished as quaint dwelling place for English sportsmen".

Became hotel in 1947.

References

Bibliography

MacGibbon and Ross, THE CASTELLATED AND DOMESTIC ARCHITECTURE

OF SCOTLAND (1887) ii pp.336-37. Groome ORDNANCE GAZETTEER

OF SCOTLAND (1883) ii, p.362. Nigel Tranter, THE FORTIFIED

HOUSE IN SCOTLAND, v, (1970) pp.174-5.

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