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Burgie Tower

A Category A Listed Building in Rafford, Moray

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Latitude: 57.6147 / 57°36'52"N

Longitude: -3.5187 / 3°31'7"W

OS Eastings: 309368

OS Northings: 859314

OS Grid: NJ093593

Mapcode National: GBR K8PL.LVK

Mapcode Global: WH5H5.XVLW

Entry Name: Burgie Tower

Listing Date: 26 January 1971

Category: A

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 349234

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB15586

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Rafford

County: Moray

Electoral Ward: Forres

Traditional County: Morayshire

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Dated 1602. Tall, 6-storey tower, the surviving portion of
former castle. Harl pointed rubble, ashlar dressings. Square
tower with crenellated and bartizaned wallhead with cannon
waterspouts; regular fenestration; projecting circular stair
turret rising full-height against E elevation; doorway at E
in ground floor with wrought-iron yett; gun loops. E face
reveals former 1st floor hall hearth with massive joggled
corniced mantel with centre coat of arms.
INTERIOR: tower consists of single rooms, one on top of other
served by wheel stair; rooms in 2 upper floors vaulted; apex
of stair tower also vaulted.

Statement of Interest

Coat of Arms initialled AD and KR for Alexander Dunbar of

Grange and his wife Katherine Reid, with RD for Robert Dunbar

below with '1602 zeiris'. Alexander Dunbar died in 1593

before completion of castle in 1602 and was succeeded by his

son Robert. Castle added to in 1702 and demolished (except

tower) in 1802 to provide materials for Burgie House

(remodelled 1912).

Change of Category B to A, 25.4.89.

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