Lake Of Menteith, Inch Talla, Talla Castle

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Alternative Names Inch Talla Castle; Inchtalla
Site Type CASTLE
Canmore ID 24064
Site Number NN50SE 5
NGR NN 57204 00396
Council STIRLING
Parish PORT OF MENTEITH
Former Region CENTRAL
Former District STIRLING
Former County PERTHSHIRE
Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Architectural Notes

REFERENCE - Scottish Record Office

Isle of Monteith [Inchtalla]. Agreement, Countess of Airth and William, Earl of Monteith 'the haill rooms within the hall door with the second chamber nixt the hall called the schoolhouse and the north chamber nixt adjacent to the hall to be of equell use whenever occasions offers of any of the said countess hir relations or yet the said earl's (being men of quallitie) and the kitching and brewhous to be of common use for serving both parties, and the said Earl to have the littellvoult east the turnpyk on the South syd of the cloass'.

1667 GD 220/6/1805/11

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Archaeological Notes

NN50SE 5.00 57204 00396

NN50SE 5.01 56761 00277 Kennels
NN50SE 5.02 56687 00474 Stables and Old Kiln

(NN 5716 0038) Castle (NR) (In Ruins)
(NN 5667 0047) Old Kiln (NAT)
OS 25" map, (1900)

Talla Castle occupies the whole of an island. Much of the material came from the priory (NN50SE 4): the constructional details suggest a 17th century date.
The south side presents "a remarkable example of the provision made for the defence of castles by means of outside hoardings". Such hoardings probably extended round most of the outside. The kennels were on Dog Island (NN50SE 72) and the stables and offices on the mainland.
D MacGibbon and T Ross 1887-92.

Foundations on Stable Point (NN 567 004) are known as the Earl's Stables. The old kiln (MacGibbon and Ross 1887-92) is believed to have been used for drying malt used at the castle.
Name Book 1862.

Talla Castle is as described and planned by Macgibbon and Ross. The hall and keep survive to roof height; the brew-house and building on the west survive to a height of 1.3m. No traces of any hoarding can now be seen. There are no structures on Dog Isle, but on Stable Point, centred at NN 5668 0048, there are the grass-covered footings of four buildings with walls 1.0m thick; and the kiln.
Surveyed at 1/2500.
Visited by OS (R D) 18 October 1968.

NN 571 003 The remains of this castle occupy a small island in the Lake of Menteith. It was built around a quadrangle with a brew-house on the E side. The main period of construction was probably in the 17th century.
RCAHMS 1979; D MacGibbon and T Ross 1887-92

On Stable Point (NN 5671 0048) three unroofed buildings annotated 'old kilns' which may be the stables and the possible malt drying kiln (ONB 1862) are depicted on the 1st edition of the OS 6-inch map (Perthshire 1866, sheet cxxx), but they are not shown on the current edition of the OS 1:10000 map (1978).
Information from RCAHMS (AKK) 2 February 1998.

 
Books and References

MacGibbon and Ross, D and T (1887-92) The castellated and domestic architecture of Scotland from the twelfth to the eighteenth centuries, 5v Edinburgh
Page(s): Vol. 4, 285-9 illust, plan Held at RCAHMS F.5.21.MAC

Ordnance Survey (Name Book) Object Name Books of the Ordnance Survey (6 inch and 1/2500 scale)
Page(s): Book No. 68, 41 Held at RCAHMS Ref

RCAHMS (1979b) The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. The archaeological sites and monuments of Stirling District, Central Region, The archaeological sites and monuments of Scotland series no 7 Edinburgh
Page(s): 40, No. 373 Held at RCAHMS A.1.2.ARC(7)

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