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Gordon Castle Tower

A Category A Listed Building in Fochabers Lhanbryde, Moray

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Coordinates

Latitude: 57.6213 / 57°37'16"N

Longitude: -3.0901 / 3°5'24"W

OS Eastings: 334986

OS Northings: 859555

OS Grid: NJ349595

Mapcode National: GBR L8QL.55Z

Mapcode Global: WH6JJ.HPRT

Entry Name: Gordon Castle Tower

Listing Date: 26 January 1971

Category: A

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 332275

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB1596

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Bellie

County: Moray

Electoral Ward: Fochabers Lhanbryde

Parish: Bellie

Traditional County: Banffshire

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Description

Tall rubble tower of 6 storeys, 2 storeys at ground probably incorporating remains of late medieval castle, rubble built, with present tower said to date from 1540 with subsequent 18th, 19th

century modifications and circa 1960 demolition of much surrounding 18th century work.

Ashlar upper storeys with cable moulded string courses. Fenestration probably regularised in 18th century; multi-pane glazing to sash and case windows; remodelled crenellated upper storey with corbelled angle turrets.

Statement of Interest

Original stronghold of the Earls and Marquises of Gordon, formerly called the Bog o' Gight. The Slezer engraving shows the former castle in Renaissance grandeur before the Baxter work which incorporated the tower as centre piece in 1769, but which was in large part demolished circa 1960, leaving one range as the present Gordon Castle (see separate listing) and the tower as a detached structure.

Upgraded: B to A, 24.3.88

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