Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Supplementary Information Updated
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NH 95381 45334
295381, 845334


Dated 1655. Simple square, 2-storey tower with double pitched

roof. Harled, Ashlar dressings. Low doorway at SE; 2 irregular diminutive windows below eaves in east elevation; 2 small

gun-loops in north gable; datestone in centre south gable and 1

further small gun-loop. Simple bellcote at south gable apex,

and stumpy corniced stack at north; local slate roof; stone


Interior; vaulted ground floor chamber (cell) in ground floor;

simple stone stairs lead to 1st floor room with chimney piece

in north gable with monogram MGB flanked by gun-loops.

Statement of Special Interest

Guardianship Monument. Monogram MGB for Alexander Brodie of Lethen and Margaret Grant his wife. Building served as watch-tower, prison and belfry - the parish church being sited below in the valley.



George Bain, HISTORY OF NAIRNSHIRE (1893) pp. 506-7.

V. Gordon Childe and W Douglas Simpson, ILLUSTRATED GUIDE TO


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  1. Ardclach Bell TowerSM90020

    Designation Type
    Scheduled Monument

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