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- Category: B
- Date Added: 25/03/1971
- Local Authority: Highland
- Planning Authority: Highland
- Parish: Killearnan
National Grid Reference
- NGR: NH 58386 49508
- Coordinates: 258386, 849508
Dated 1641, incorporating earlier work, rubble with ashlar
flush quoins and chamfered margins, 3-storey, approximate
L-plan with higher square-plan stair-tower in re-entrant
angle and smaller stairtower with canted south-west angle
corbelled to square at third floor at south-east angle
of main block. Circular bartizans at south angles of
jamb and square caphouse at north-west angle, borne on 2
rows of individual moulded corbels divided by a continuous
quirked edge-roll; parapet of principal stair tower borne or
corbels of similar profile. Alterations and additions, William
Burn, 1840 3-storey block infilling re-entrant angle of south
jamb and main stair tower, plain 2-storey addition with
crowstepped gables at north; single storey arcaded loggia
(now demolished) across south front; reconstruction of upper
parts of bartizans; addition of circular bartizan at north
-east angle; general enlargement of windows; remodelling of
wallhead, defined by a bold continuous roll moulding. Stone
barrel vaults at ground floor. Roofless.
Statement of Special Interest
Built on site of Castle of Edradour believed to have been
built by David, brother of William the Lion, in 1179. It
passed into the possession of the Mackenzies by the early
17th century. Rory Mackenzie succeeded to Redcastle in 1629
and his own new strong house of Redcastle was sacked by The
Covenanters in 1649. (Scottish Historical Society, WARDLAW
MS, 341; Duncan Warrand, SOME MACKENZIE PEDIGREES, 72) In 1790
Redcastle was sold by the Mackenzies to Grant of Shewghie
and was sold again in 1824 to Sir William after his death to
Colonel Hugh Duncan Baillie of Dochfour who commissioned the
Burn remodelling. (Joseph Mitchell, REMINISCENCES OF MY LIFE
IN THE HIGHLANDS, i, 251).
David MacGibbon and Thomas Ross THE CASTELLATED AND DOMESTIC ARCHITECTURE OF SCOTLAND; iii, 623-5; Nigel Tranter, THE
FORTIFIED HOUSE IN SCOTLAND, v, 112-3; Howard Colvin,
A DICTIONARY OF BRITISH ARCHITECTS, 165; INVERNESS COURIER,
March 4, 1840; National Monuments Record for Scotland Record
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