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Dundarg Castle

A Category B Listed Building in Troup, Aberdeenshire

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Latitude: 57.6733 / 57°40'23"N

Longitude: -2.178 / 2°10'40"W

OS Eastings: 389482

OS Northings: 864838

OS Grid: NJ894648

Mapcode National: GBR N8ZF.WCY

Mapcode Global: WH9N5.JD2F

Plus Code: 9C9VMRFC+8R

Entry Name: Dundarg Castle

Listing Name: Dundarg Castle (House)

Listing Date: 16 April 1971

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 330212

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB34

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Aberdour (Aberdeenshire)

County: Aberdeenshire

Electoral Ward: Troup

Parish: Aberdour (Aberdeenshire)

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire

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1937-8. 2-storey, castellated house constructed mainly of
re-used material, the masonry mostly from former Aberdour
Free Church and with interior fittings from there and
elsewhere. Dark whinstone rubble, extensive use of tooled
grey granite dressings.
Asymmetrical, wide, 3-bay S elevation with recessed centre
block with Tudor arched entrance with panelled door and
re-used coat of arms above. Advanced and gabled bay at right
(E) with 2 ground and 2 1st floor windows; W bay formed by S
elevation of 2-storey square tower with SE angle bartizan at
1st floor level incorporating chimney. Crenellated wallhead
to tower and centre portion of S elevation.
Principal entrance in W gable; pointed-headed doorway with
double-leaf panelled door set in shallow gabled doorpiece,
reconstructed from the Free Church. Regular fenestration with
small windows in asymmetrical N elevation. Most 1st floor
windows are pointed-headed; 4- and 12-pane glazing. Coped
centre stack; slate roof with tiled ridge.
Arched carriage entrance to forecourt W of tower, central
bellcote (with bell) links house to rubble screen wall.
INTERIOR: entrance hall (in base of tower) with RAF crest
above fireplace and long stair window with re-used stained
glass incorporating small RAF crest. Panelled passage and
drawing room, all panelling together with door frames,
panelled doors re-used from elsewhere. Granite chimneypiece
in drawing room with scroll balusters supporting mantel shelf
and carved Tudor style over-mantel. Extensive re-use of
wooden fittings upstairs, with (?medieval) cresting to
landing balustrade, and further re-use of doors, door frames
and chimneypieces with over-mantels.

Statement of Interest

Dundarg Castle, the promontory fort with associated moat is a

Scheduled Ancient Monument No 2450. The house is sited within

the scheduled area.

Dundarg Castle (House) built by Air Vice Marshall Carnegie in

1937-8 mainly from the demolished Aberdour Free Church.

Panelled doors, dados, moulded door frames etc came from

other sources. The small RAF crest inserted in a window in

the entrance hall recalls the Service connection of its


The bell in the arched entrance bellcote is inscribed

'Loughborough 1869'.

Re-scheduled area 29th. January 2004.

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