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Latitude: 57.3219 / 57°19'18"N
Longitude: -2.3466 / 2°20'47"W
OS Eastings: 379223
OS Northings: 825756
OS Grid: NJ792257
Mapcode National: GBR N9KC.HPV
Mapcode Global: WH8NP.X7Q9
Entry Name: Barra Castle
Listing Date: 16 April 1971
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 333792
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB2821
Building Class: Cultural
Electoral Ward: Mid Formartine
Traditional County: Aberdeenshire
Dated 1614/18, N. wing 1753. 3-storey courtyard plan of
unusual type. W. wing of traditional L-plan pattern with
circular tower S.W. angle, curve of stair in jamb expressed
as a semi-circular tower corbelled to square at S, S.E. wing
with circular angle tower, pinned boulder rubble. Main gables crowstepped. N. wing simple 3-storey coursed rubble with
straight skews. Low courtyard wall on E. square-headed
doorway, later urns, water spout from courtyard to kitchen.
Interior: Drawing room with panelling replaced to original
design, G. Bennet Mitchell, 1910-11, large chimneypiece with
slightly later one inserted within it; early - mid 18th
century panelling in 1st floor bedroom S.E. wing, good stair
of similar type to Bourtie and panelled sitting room in N.
wing of 1753.
Originally a seat of the Blackhalls and the Kings. Forfeited
1590, to the Setons of Meldrum 1598. Sold 1630 to James Reid,
and then in 1753 to John Ramsay of Melross and Leithers.
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