Lickleyhead Castle

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Alternative Names Licklihead; Licklyhead Castle
Canmore ID 18204
Site Number NJ62SW 22
NGR NJ 62724 23663
Former Region GRAMPIAN
Former District GORDON
Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Lickleyhead, late 16th century (conventionally 1629). For William Forbes of Leslie, the seat of the lairds of Premnay. A tall link-plan; in form really 16th century in date, dominated by distinctive, two-storey turrets with occuli, very like Craigievar, another Forbes seat. It does not, quite, possess the 'esprit' of Craigievar, being altogether more firmly rooted to the Aberdeenshire soil, but there are several pretty features like the turrets and the small, pedimented dormers (? influenced Mackintosh). A roomy, two-storeyed, L-plan wing was added to the east in the 18th century; restored c.1876.

Taken from "Aberdeenshire: Donside and Strathbogie - An Illustrated Architectural Guide", by Ian Shepherd, 2006. Published by the Rutland Press

Architectural Notes


Owner: Madam de Meir

Architect: 1629. Additions 1710.


Old plans in possession, May 1942, of A.G.R Mackenzie, Aberdeen.

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Archaeological Notes

NJ62SW 22 62724 23663

(NJ 6272 2365) Licklyhead Castle (NR) (AD 1629)
OS 6" map, (1959)

Lickleyhead Castle. Originally an L-plan building generally accepted as having been built in 1629, which date is engraved over the entrance, but there are suggestions, supported by architectural renovation, that it may be 16th century. It has been modernised and added to but the original design can still be discerned. The property belonged to the Leiths but passed to the Forbeses in 1625, one of whom is supposed to have built the castle. The roughcast walls rise to three storeys, an attic and a garret, the gables are crow stepped and the dormer windows have decorative pediments.
D MacGibbon and T Ross 1887-92; C Hussey 1937; N Tranter 1962-70.

'Lickleyhead Castle' (information from Mrs M Stainton, Lickleyhead Castle) as described. Still in use and in good condition.
Visited by OS (ISS) 7 August 1973.

No change to previous field report.
Visited by OS (JM) 17 August 1976.

External Links

Aberdeenshire Historic Environment Record

Aberdeenshire Historic Environment Record

Books and References

Bogdan and Bryce, N and I B D (1991) 'Castles, manors and 'town houses' survey', Discovery Excav Scot
Page(s): 30

Castles of Aberdeenshire (1887) Castles of Aberdeenshire: historical and descriptive notes, Aberdeen
Held at RCAHMS D.5.11.HAY

Coventry, M (2008) Castles of the Clans: the strongholds and seats of 750 Scottish families and clans, Musselburgh
Page(s): 165,203,232,268,326,330 Held at RCAHMS F.5.21.COV

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