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This building is in the Highland Council and the Canisbay Parish. It is a category A building and was listed on 13/04/1971.

Group Items: N/A, Group Cat: N/A, Map Ref: ND 2903 7388.


Probably 1566-72, with various 17th, 18th, 19th and mid

20th century additions and alterations. 3-storey and attic.

3-bay centre block with 16th century projecting 5-storey

square tower at SE, and 2-storey, wide single bay crenellated

dining room wing at west gable with angle bartizans.

(c. 1954). SE tower with angle bartizans, crenellated

with modern glazing. 2 wings project at rear forming narrow

wallhead and regular later single bay fenestration in south

elevation. 1819 (William Burn, architect) Baronial porch,

with round-arched detailing, and entrance hall fill SW

with round-headed entrance with flanking round-headed

windows and double leaf doors, in projecting canted porch;

5-light arcaded window above entrance. 2-storey wing

projects at rear, forming with main castle elevation, 2

sides of high walled rear court, with round-headed entrance

under crenellated wallhead.

Piended dormers rise through wallhead; sash and case

window with multi-pane glazing; gun loops in south elevation

of centre block and in tower; coped end and ridge stacks;

slate roofs.


Property of H.M. The Queen Mother. Built by George, 4th Earl of Caithness, and passed to his 2nd son, William, who founded the line of Sinclair of Mey Name subsequently changed to Barrogill Castle, but reverted to Castle of Mey when purchased by H.M. The Queen Mother, c. 1953. William Burn addition of 1819 largely removed during 195 alterations. Crest of H.M. The Queen Mother (carved by Hew Lorimer, circa 1954) over 1st floor dining room window at west.


NEW STATISTICAL ACCOUNT, xv, (1840) p. 27. RCAHMS INVENTORY (1911) pp. 9-11. p1. IV, fig. 3, (plan). IMPERIAL GAZETTEER OF SCOTLAND, i, 240. Donald Omand, (ed.) THE CAITHNESS BOOK (1972) P. 160, p1. 27. Howard Colvin, A BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY OF BRITISH ARCHITECTS 1600-1840 (1978) p. 162. National Monuments Record of Scotland. H Fenwick, Castle of Mey, SCOTTISH TATLER July/Aug. 1979.

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