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BURGIE TOWER (Ref:15586)

This building is in the Moray Council and the Rafford Parish. It is a category A building and was listed on 26/01/1971.

Group Items: N/A, Group Cat: N/A, Map Ref: NJ 9368 5931.


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.


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.


THE STATISTICAL ACCOUNT (1794-5, Witherington and Grant ed 1982), p.631. Anon, SURVEY OF PROVINCE OF MORAY (1798), p.161. NEW STATISTICAL ACCOUNT (1842), p.248. MacGibbon and Ross, THE CASTELLATED AND DOMESTIC ARCHITECTURE OF SCOTLAND ii (1887), pp.261-3. J G Murray, THE BOOK OF BURGIE (1930), pp.21-2, 30 pl.3. Stewart Cruden, THE SCOTTISH CASTLE (1960, 3rd ed 1981), p.220.

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