CASTLE OF MEY AND GARDEN WALLS (Ref:1797)
This building is in the Highland Council and the
It is a category A building and was listed on 13/04/1971.
Group Items: N/A,
Group Cat: N/A,
Map Ref: ND 289 739.
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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