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Gordon Castle, Tower

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Record Detail

  • Organisation
    RCAHMS
  • Alternative name(s)
    BOG O' GIGHT; GORDON CASTLE POLICIES
  • Canmore ID
    16884
  • Site type
    COUNTRY HOUSE (PERIOD UNASSIGNED), TOWER HOUSE (MEDIEVAL)
  • Parish
    BELLIE
  • Council
    MORAY
  • NGR
    NJ 34986 59555
  • Latitude, longitude
    57.621257N, 3.090084W
  • Archaeological notes
    NJ35NW 10 34986 59555 (NJ 3500 5956) Gordon Castle (NR) OS 6" map, (1959) For (present) Gordon Castle (NJ 3506 5956) and related monuments, see NJ35NE 7.00. Gordon Castle, now demolished, included as a central feature a 15th century tower which was a relic of the famous 'Bog O' Gight'. The adjoining parts of the castle included 16th and 17th century work. R G Cant 1948; Minstry of Works 1960. There has evidently been a stronghold in the Bog o' Gight, long drained and reclaimed, since at least the early 14th century but there is apparently no detailed information about it nor about the early history of Gordon Castle of which only fragments survive at NJ 3497 5955 partly reconstructed and incorporated in a modern work. Until recently it was the central piece of the huge 18th century mansion of Gordon Castle which is now split into three parts and only the E wing occupied. Barrel vaulting and traces of a circular stair can be seen in the N wall of the present building and according to local information the barrel vaulted kitchens survive intact. Visited by OS (A A) 18 May 1971 L Shaw 1882; Information from 'The Gordon Book'. Tower [NR] OS 1:10,000 map, 1980. Air photographs: CUCAP GQ 46-9, dated 16 July 1951, and AAS/92/03/S7/7-9, dated 2 July 1992. [Air photographic imagery and bibliographic references cited]. Information from Aberdeenshire Archaeological Service, June 1997. NMRS, MS/712/19 and MS/712/36.
  • Architectural notes
    Present tower dates from 1540, incorporating remains of medieval castle. See also: NJ35 NE 7.00 Gordon Castle, General Archaeology Notes - for list of related sites Architecture Notes - for Scottish Record Office references for all of Gordon Castle estate

Related material information

PRINT ROOM

  • 16884 (1900)
    Postcard view before demolitions.
  • 16884 (1900)
    Postcard view before demolitions.
  • 16884 (1930)
    Postcard view from SE before demolitions.
  • 16884 (1693)
    Engraving from Theatrum Scotiae.
  • 16884 (1880)
    Historic photograph. General view from NW before demolitions. Insc.: 'Gordon Castle, Fochabers, North front. 2128 G.W.W.'
  • 16884 ()
    Postcard view before demolitions.
  • 16884 ()
    Postcard view before demolitions.
  • 16884 (1939)
    Postcard view from SE.
  • 16884 (1880)
    Historic photograph. General view from SE before demolitions. Insc: 'Gordon Castle, Fochabers, from flower garden. 6237. G.W.W.'
  • 16884 (1880)
    Postcard view from SE before demolitions.

  • 16884 (1985)
    Research material relating to Gordon Castle and garden (Bog of Gight)

PHOTOGRAPHS

  • 16884 (1985)
    View from East of Gordon Castle after demolitions, showing South front and conservatory
  • 16884 (1971)
    View from South East of Gordon Castle tower after demolitions
  • 16884 (1971)
    View from North of an open area after demolitions (once an interior in central block of Gordon Castle)
  • 16884 (1976)
    Oblique aerial view from South East of Gordon Castle estate (after demolitions), including house, tower, home farm, Wilderness and cropmarks
  • 16884 (1976)
    Oblique aerial view from North of Gordon Castle estate (after demolitions), including tower, home farm and cropmarks
  • 16884 (1976)
    Oblique aerial view from North West of Gordon Castle estate (after demolitions), including house, tower, home farm, laundry cottages and cropmarks
  • 16884 (1976)
    Oblique aerial view from South East of Gordon Castle estate (after demolitions), including house, tower, farm, laundry cottages and cropmarks
  • 16884 (1976)
    Oblique aerial view from East of Gordon Castle estate (after demolitions), including house, tower, home farm and cropmarks.
  • 16884 (1992)
    Oblique aerial view from East North East of Gordon Castle estate (after demolitions), including house, farm, laundry cottages, kennels and cropmarks
  • 16884 (1965)
    Photographic copy of plans, section and elevation showing alterations.
  • 16884 (1964)
    Photographic copy of plans, section and elevation showing alterations.
  • 16884 (1693)
    Photographic copy of illustration in Theatrum Scotiae by John Slezer of a view of the old Gordon Castle. Tiitled 'The Castle of Inverero'
  • 16884 (1769)
    Photographic copy of annotated plan of the Principal Floor of Gordon Castle Original signed 'J. Baxter, Archt 1769' (?)
  • 16884 (1985)
    View of remaining tower at Gordon Castle
  • 16884 (1985)
    Distant view from East of laundry cottages and tower at Gordon Castle
  • 16884 (1979)
    Oblique aerial view from North East of Gordon Castle estate (after demolitions), including house, tower, home farm, laundry cottages, Wilderness and cropmarks
  • 16884 (1880)
    Copy of historic photographic view from NW before demolitions. Insc.: 'Gordon Castle, Fochabers, North front. 2128 G.W.W.'
  • 16884 (1880)
    Copy of historic photographic view from SE before demolitions. Insc.: 'Gordon Castle, Fochabers, from flower garden. 6237. G.W.W.'
  • 16884 (1896)
    Photographic copy of historic photograph showing distant view from South of Gordon Castle (before demolitions)
  • 16884 (1896)
    Photographic copy of historic photograph showing view from South West (before demolitions), insc: '...Gordon Castle Fochabers. Poulton's Series'
  • 16884 ()
    Photographic copy of historic photograph showing view from South East (before demolitions), insc: 'Gordon Castle, Fochabers'
  • 16884 (1940)
    View from South East of Gordon Castle (before demolitions)
  • 16884 (1910)
    View from South East (before demolitions), insc: 'Gordon Castle, from S.E. 1991 J.V.' Photographic copy of old Valentine photograph
  • 16884 (1910)
    View from South West (before demolitions), insc: 'Gordon Castle, from South. 32062 J.V.' Photographic copy of old Valentine photograph
  • 16884 (27/8/1996)
    South doorway porch, carved panel (depicting a grotesque), below seat, detail
  • 16884 (27/8/1996)
    Fourth floor, room, fireplace with hop grate, detail
  • 16884 (27/8/1996)
    Staircase, showing wrought-iron balustrades
  • 16884 (27/8/1996)
    Interior, carved corbels, detail from old tower
  • 16884 (27/8/1996)
    First floor, room, cornice, detail
  • 16884 (27/8/1996)
    Ground floor, vaulted room, detail showing later brickwork
  • 16884 (27/8/1996)
    Gardens to South West, showing fountain, view from tower parapet
  • 16884 (27/8/1996)
    Gardens to South West, showing fountain, view from tower parapet
  • 16884 (27/8/1996)
    Gardens to North West, view from tower parapet
  • 16884 (27/8/1996)
    Gardens to North, showing former avenue, view from tower parapet
  • 16884 (27/8/1996)
    Gardens to North East, view from tower parapet
  • 16884 (27/8/1996)
    Gardens to North East, view from tower parapet
  • 16884 (27/8/1996)
    Broad walk and landscape beyond, view from tower parapet
  • 16884 (27/8/1996)
    Broad walk and landscape beyond, view from tower parapet
  • 16884 (27/8/1996)
    East doorway, panel inscribed 'BYDAND MCMXXI', detail
  • 16884 (27/8/1996)
    South arched entrance, detail
  • 16884 (27/8/1996)
    Tower, upper floors, detail
  • 16884 (27/8/1996)
    Fifth floor, room, graffiti, detail
  • 16884 (27/8/1996)
    Fifth floor, room, graffiti, detail
  • 16884 (27/8/1996)
    Fifth floor, room, graffiti, detail
  • 16884 (27/8/1996)
    Interior, carved corbels, detail from old tower
  • 16884 (27/8/1996)
    South doorway porch, carved panel (depicting an angel) below seat, detail
  • 16884 (27/8/1996)
    Third floor, room, fireplace, detail
  • 16884 (27/8/1996)
    Detail of stone spiral staircase
  • 16884 (27/8/1996)
    Fifth floor, room, showing fireplace
  • 16884 (27/8/1996)
    Fifth floor, room, showing corner closets
  • 16884 (27/8/1996)
    Fourth floor, room
  • 16884 (27/8/1996)
    Third floor, room
  • 16884 (27/8/1996)
    Second floor, room
  • 16884 (27/8/1996)
    First floor, room, showing dado, architraves and cornice
  • 16884 (27/8/1996)
    Mezzanine floor, room
  • 16884 (27/8/1996)
    Tower (base), view from courtyard to North
  • 16884 (27/8/1996)
    Tower, view from broad walk to South South East
  • 16884 (27/8/1996)
    Tower, view from broad walk to South South East
  • 16884 (27/8/1996)
    Courtyard (to North of tower), view from North West
  • 16884 (27/8/1996)
    Tower, view (through trees) from North East
  • 16884 (27/8/1996)
    Tower, view (through trees) from East
  • 16884 (27/8/1996)
    Tower, view from South East
  • 16884 (27/8/1996)
    Tower, view from South East
  • 16884 (27/8/1996)
    Tower, view from broad walk to South
  • 16884 (27/8/1996)
    Tower, view from broad walk to South
  • 16884 (27/8/1996)
    Tower and East wing, view from South West
  • 16884 (27/8/1996)
    Tower and East wing, view from South West
  • 16884 (27/8/1996)
    Tower, view from South South West
  • 16884 (27/8/1996)
    Tower, view from South South West
  • 16884 (3/1965)
    View from south east of tower and farm at Gordon Castle after demolition
  • 16884 (7/1952)
    View from North East of central and West block of Gordon Castle during demolition work
  • 16884 (3/1965)
    View from south west of Gordon Castle tower after demolition work
  • 16884 (3/1965)
    View from south west of tower and east block of Gordon Castle after demolition work
  • 16884 (7/1952)
    View of North front of central block of Gordon Castle during demolition work
  • 16884 (7/1952)
    View of North front of Gordon Castle during demolition work
  • 16884 (7/1952)
    View from North West of central and East block of Gordon Castle during demolition work
  • 16884 (7/1952)
    View from South East of central and West block of Gordon Castle during demolition work
  • 16884 (7/1952)
    View from South West of East block of Gordon Castle during demolition work
  • 16884 (7/1952)
    View of South front of central block of Gordon Castle during demolition work
  • 16884 (7/1952)
    View from South East of central block of Gordon Castle during demolition work
  • 16884 (4/11/1952)
    View of South front of central block of Gordon Castle during demolition work
  • 16884 (4/11/1952)
    View from South East of central and West block of Gordon Castle during demolition work
  • 16884 (4/11/1952)
    View from South West of central and East block of Gordon Castle during demolition work
  • 16884 (4/11/1952)
    View from South West of central and East block of Gordon Castle during demolition work
  • 16884 (3/1965)
    View from south of Gordon Castle tower after demolition
  • 16884 (3/1965)
    Distant view from south of Gordon Castle site and tower after demolition
  • 16884 (4/11/1952)
    View from South of Gordon Castle during demolition
  • 16884 (4/11/1952)
    Detail of armorial at Gordon Castle
  • 16884 (4/11/1952)
    Detail of armorial at Gordon Castle
  • 16884 (1950)
    Distant view from South of Gordon Castle before demolition
  • 16884 (1950)
    View from South East of Gordon Castle before demolition
  • 16884 (1950)
    View from South West of Gordon Castle before demolition

MANUSCRIPTS

  • 16884 (1997)
    Photocopies of updates to Aberdeenshire Archaeological Service (formerly Grampian Regional Council) SMR, relating to sites, finds and monuments within area of former Grampian Region, received April 1997 (with supplementary information and covering letter).
  • 16884 (1997)
    Photocopies of updates to Aberdeenshire Archaeological Service (formerly Grampian Regional Council) SMR, received June 1997.

DIGITAL IMAGES

  • 1050376 (7/7/2006)
    General oblique aerial view centred on the country house, tower-house, farmhouse, farmsteading and stables with the walled garden, farmsteading and kennels adjacent, taken from the NW.
  • 1050375 (7/7/2006)
    General oblique aerial view centred on the country house, tower-house, farmhouse, farmsteading and stables with the walled garden, farmsteading and kennels adjacent, taken from the NNW.
  • 1050373 (7/7/2006)
    General oblique aerial view centred on the country house, tower-house, farmhouse, farmsteading, cottages and stables with the walled garden adjacent, taken from the E.
  • 1050371 (7/7/2006)
    Oblique aerial view centred on the country house, tower-house, farmhouse, farmsteading, cottages and stables, taken from the ESE.
  • 1050369 (7/7/2006)
    Oblique aerial view centred on the country house, tower-house, farmhouse, farmsteading, cottages and stables, taken from the SSE.
  • 1050367 (7/7/2006)
    Oblique aerial view centred on the country house, tower-house, farmhouse, farmsteading, cottages and stables, taken from the S.
  • 1050365 (7/7/2006)
    Oblique aerial view centred on the country house, tower-house, farmhouse, farmsteading, cottages and stables, taken from the WSW.
  • 1050364 (7/7/2006)
    Oblique aerial view centred on the country house, tower-house, farmhouse, farmsteading, cottages and stables, taken from the W.
  • 16884 (6/9/2012)
    Front Elevation
  • 16884 (6/9/2012)
    Rear Elevation

SCANNED IMAGES

  • 16884 (1964)
    Photographic copy of plans, section and elevation showing alterations.
  • 16884 (1965)
    Photographic copy of plans, section and elevation showing alterations.
  • 16884 (1769)
    Photographic copy of annotated plan of the Principal Floor of Gordon Castle Original signed 'J. Baxter, Archt 1769' (?)
  • 16884 (1693)
    Photographic copy of illustration in Theatrum Scotiae by John Slezer of a view of the old Gordon Castle. Tiitled 'The Castle of Inverero'
  • 555541 (1939)
    View from South East (before demolitions), postcard insc: 'Gordon Castle, Fochabers. Copyright FBS.12'
  • 1483267 (1950)
    View from South West of Gordon Castle before demolition
  • 1483236 (1950)
    View from South East of Gordon Castle before demolition
  • 1483234 (3/1965)
    View from south east of tower and farm at Gordon Castle after demolition
  • 1483233 (3/1965)
    View from south of Gordon Castle tower after demolition
  • 1483232 (3/1965)
    View from south west of Gordon Castle tower after demolition work
  • 1483231 (3/1965)
    View from south west of tower and east block of Gordon Castle after demolition work
  • 1483229 (4/11/1952)
    Detail of armorial at Gordon Castle
  • 1483222 (4/11/1952)
    View of South front of central block of Gordon Castle during demolition work
  • 1483220 (4/11/1952)
    View from South East of central and West block of Gordon Castle during demolition work
  • 1483217 (4/11/1952)
    View from South West of central and East block of Gordon Castle during demolition work
  • 1483216 (4/11/1952)
    View from South of Gordon Castle during demolition
  • 1483215 (4/11/1952)
    View from South West of central and East block of Gordon Castle during demolition work
  • 1245586 (7/1952)
    View of North front of central block of Gordon Castle during demolition work
  • 1245585 (7/1952)
    View of North front of Gordon Castle during demolition work
  • 1245584 (7/1952)
    View from North West of central and East block of Gordon Castle during demolition work
  • 1245583 (7/1952)
    View from North East of central and West block of Gordon Castle during demolition work
  • 1245582 (7/1952)
    View from South East of central and West block of Gordon Castle during demolition work
  • 1245581 (7/1952)
    View from South West of East block of Gordon Castle during demolition work
  • 1245580 (7/1952)
    View of South front of central block of Gordon Castle during demolition work
  • 1245579 (7/1952)
    View from South East of central block of Gordon Castle during demolition work
  • 1003299 (1950)
    Distant view from South of Gordon Castle before demolition
  • 1003298 (3/1965)
    Distant view from south of Gordon Castle site and tower after demolitions
  • 951300 (4/11/1952)
    Detail of armorial at Gordon Castle

PRINTS AND DRAWINGS

  • 16884 (1966)
    Plans and elevations showing alterations and rehabilitation of steading, implement court, tower and tennis house. Details of ceiling ornament in high hall, and courtyard gateway and barmkin archways.
  • 16884 (1965)
    Plan of garden. Details of china display cupboards, fireplaces, mantelpieces. frames for radiator panels, chandelier fixings, wash hand basin, entrance gates and mock console brackets.
  • 16884 (1965)
    Plans and sections showing new staircase. Details of cornice in octagonal hall, cloakroom, hand basins, paving, doors, and masonry for front door. Plans, sections and elevations showing improvements to lodge.
  • 16884 (1964)
    Survey plans. Plans, sections and elevations including details of new staircase and alterations to octagonal ceiling. Plan showing 1885-1886 drainage and sanitary details.
  • 16884 (30/8/1996)
    GORDON CASTLE TOWER: PLANS
  • 16884 (1769)
    Annotated plan of the Principal Floor of Gordon Castle. Original signed 'J. Baxter, Archt 1769' (?)

1st edition 6-inch maps

TitleDateOther parishes/counties
 Ordnance Survey six-inch to the mile, Elgin, Sheet XIV1870
 Ordnance Survey six-inch to the mile, Banffshire, Sheet VII1870

1st edition 25-inch maps

TitleDateOther parishes/counties
 Ordnance Survey 25 inch to the mile Elgin, Sheet 014.051870
 Ordnance Survey 25 inch to the mile Banff, Sheet 007.061870