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Freswick Castle

A Category A Listed Building in Canisbay, Highland

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Latitude: 58.5878 / 58°35'16"N

Longitude: -3.0716 / 3°4'17"W

OS Eastings: 337801

OS Northings: 967142

OS Grid: ND378671

Mapcode National: GBR L6S1.1N2

Mapcode Global: WH6CW.SDJV

Plus Code: 9CCRHWQH+49

Entry Name: Freswick Castle

Listing Name: Freswick House Courtyard Walls

Listing Date: 13 April 1971

Category: A

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 332542

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB1799

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Canisbay

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Wick and East Caithness

Parish: Canisbay

Traditional County: Caithness

Tagged with: Tower house

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Late 17th century house substantially re-cast late 18th
century. Tall mansion of 3 storeys over raised basement,
sited on mound, witth symmetrical 5-bay north front with
advanced and gabled centre bay with apex ball finial;
single bay rear wing rises full height at SE.
All harled, with ashlar margins and dressings of Eday
(Orkney) stone. Further roofless, harl pointed rubble
2-storey, irregular 6-bay range extends south from SW corner
of main house, forming west side of high walled courtyard
and pierced by round-headed entrance with channelled jambs
and furnished with dummy portcullis. Segmental-headed
carriage house entrance at right of main entrance; 2
doorways and 3 narrow slit vents to be left.
Principal doorway in south front of house within courtyard,
reached by splayed flight of steps with coped rubble
balustrade; further secondary entrances in W elevation of
centre bay, north front, and in SE wing, both at raised
basement level. Windows diminish in size in upper storeys;
lying pane glazing; moulded eaves cornice and skewputts;
crowsteps to all but south gable of SE wing; renewed end and
ridge stacks; Caithness slate roof.
Interior; vaulted basement wheel stair; imported marble
chimney piece in drawing room, some panelled doors
survive, but much modern interior work.
Courtyard walls; high coped rubble walls close courtyard
to east and south, extending at east to steading.

Statement of Interest

Seat of Sinclairs of Freswick.

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