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Terpersie Castle

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Record Detail

  • Organisation
    RCAHMS
  • Alternative name(s)
    DALPERSIE CASTLE
  • Canmore ID
    17704
  • Site type
    TOWER HOUSE
  • Parish
    TULLYNESSLE AND FORBES
  • Council
    ABERDEENSHIRE
  • NGR
    NJ 54644 20230
  • Latitude, longitude
    57.270458N, 2.75372W
  • Archeological notes
    NJ52SW 10 54644 20230 For adjacent Terpersie steading, see NJ52SW 61. (NJ 5465 2022) Terpersie Castle (NR) (AD 1561). OS 6" map, (1959) The earliest dated example of the Scottish Z-type castle, Terpersie Castle, consists of a main building, 28 feet by 18 feet with a round tower, 17 feet diameter, at diagonally opposite corners. The gun loophole dated '1561' has been built into an internal wall at Knockespock House (NJ 544 241: NJ52SW 22.00). The later east wing, shown on MacGibbon and Ross's (1887-92) plan, has been demolished, and the whole castle has gone to ruin since 1885. The 'Balbithan Manuscript', compiled in 1644, states that William Gordon of Terpersie 'built the house of Terpersie and cast a ditch about it', but no trace of this moat now exists. W D Simpson 1942; D MacGibbon and T Ross 1887-92; C O Skelton and J M Bullock 1912. Terpersie Castle, as described, illustrated and planned by Simpson (1942). The gun loophole dated 1561 is still at Knockespock House (NJ52SW 22.00). Visited by OS (NKB) 12 September 1967. Undergoing major restoration begun 1984 - HBD No. 13. (Undated) information in NMRS. Terpersie Castle, 1561. Miniature Z-plan mansion with all the presumption of a spaniel. Really only one room on each floor in main block and service rooms in generous towers. A Gordon house, proclaimed by G in lowest corbel of stair-tower and boar's head top to chamfered opening. Burned 1665 and restored; ruinous post-1885. Pleasing, no-frills restoration by William Cowie Partnership for Lachlan Rhodes, 1983-9, and an appropriately warm harl for these latitudes. I Shepherd 1994.
  • Architectural notes
    N/A

Related material information

PRINT ROOM

  • 17704 (1849)
    Opposite page 23 engraving of Terpersie Castle. Insc.:' Terpersie.'
  • 17704 (1885)
    Historic photograph. General view.
  • 17704 ()
    Postcard general view.
  • 17704 ()
    Lithograph view of castle.

SCANNED IMAGES

  • 1200527 (1942)
    View from SE.
  • 1200526 (1942)
    View from S.
  • 1200525 (1942)
    Interior. View of vault in basement of SE tower.
  • 17704 (1994)
    Terpersie Castle, general view.
  • 976564 (8/2005)
    View of tower with crow-stepped gable behind.

MANUSCRIPTS

  • 17704 (1999)
    Photocopies of Aberdeenshire Archaeological Service site record sheets for map sheets NJ52SW and NJ52SE, received 5 March 1999.

PRINTS AND DRAWINGS

  • 17704 ()
    Rubbings of carved details on S elevation.
  • 17704 (8/1928)
    Full-scale details.
  • 17704 (7/1927)
    Plan and W elevation.
  • 17704 (7/1927)
    N and S elevations.

PHOTOGRAPHS

  • 17704 (22/11/1977)
    Interior. Detail of window originally from Terpersie Castle.
  • 17704 (7/1962)
    General view.
  • 17704 (7/1962)
    General view.
  • 17704 (7/1927)
    Photographic copy of drawing showing plan and W elevation.
  • 17704 (7/1927)
    Photographic copy of N and S elevations.
  • 17704 (9/1963)
    Photographic copy of drawing showing proposed plans.
  • 17704 (9/1963)
    Photographic copy of drawing showing sections.
  • 17704 (9/1963)
    Photographic copy of drawing showing proposed elevations.
  • 17704 (1942)
    Detail of carved initial under stair turret.
  • 17704 (7/1962)
    Detail of carved stone showing initial.
  • 17704 (7/1962)
    Detail of stonework.
  • 17704 (7/1962)
    Detail of stonework.
  • 17704 (7/1962)
    Interior. General view.
  • 17704 (7/1962)
    Interior. General view.
  • 17704 (7/1962)
    Interior. General view.
  • 17704 (7/1962)
    Interior. General view.
  • 17704 (7/1962)
    Interior. View of stairs.
  • 17704 (1942)
    Interior. View of vault in basement of SE tower.
  • 17704 (7/1962)
    Detail of stonework.
  • 17704 (7/1962)
    View from SE.
  • 17704 (7/1962)
    View from SE.
  • 17704 (7/1962)
    View from SE.
  • 17704 (7/1962)
    View of circular tower.
  • 17704 (1840)
    Photographic copy of painting showing view from S.
  • 17704 (1840)
    Photographic copy of painting showing view from S.
  • 17704 (1942)
    View from SE.
  • 17704 (1942)
    View from S.

DIGITAL IMAGES

  • 1314030 (4/10/2012)
    Oblique aerial view of Terpersie Castle, taken from the SE.
  • 1314029 (4/10/2012)
    Oblique aerial view of Terpersie Castle, taken from the S.
  • 1314027 (4/10/2012)
    Oblique aerial view of Terpersie Castle, taken from the NNW.
  • 1314026 (4/10/2012)
    Oblique aerial view of Terpersie Castle, taken from the N.
  • 1314025 (4/10/2012)
    Oblique aerial view of Terpersie Castle, taken from the NNE.
  • 1314024 (4/10/2012)
    Oblique aerial view of Terpersie Castle, taken from the NE.
  • 1314023 (4/10/2012)
    Oblique aerial view of Terpersie Castle, taken from the ENE.

1st edition 6-inch maps

TitleDateOther parishes/counties
 Ordnance Survey six-inch to the mile, Aberdeenshire, Sheet LII1866-67

1st edition 25-inch maps

TitleDateOther parishes/counties
 Ordnance Survey 25 inch to the mile Aberdeen, Sheet 052.111867