Whitefield Castle

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Alternative Names Ashintully
Canmore ID 27535
Site Number NO06SE 1
NGR NO 08978 61692
Former Region TAYSIDE
Former County PERTHSHIRE
Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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NO06SE 1 08978 61692

(NO 0898 6169) Whitefield Castle (In Ruins) (NR)
OS 6" map, Perthshire, 2nd ed. (1901)

Whitefield Castle is about identical in arrangement and size with Ashintully Castle (NO16SW) and also dates from the 16th century. It is of the L-plan with the wing projecting over both sides of the main building.
It is in a state of complete ruin. The slates were removed
and materials taken for building at the beginning of the 19th century.
MacGibbon and Ross 1892

Generally as described by MacGibbon and Ross. In the immediate vicinity of the tower are the amorphous remains of turf-covered walls or banks.
Visited by OS (RD) 9 April 1968

This L-plan tower-house (built 1577) stands on a slight eminence 1.2km WSW of Ashintully. Its main block has stood to two main storeys and an attic in height and has a stair-tower extruded at the W angle. Externally and within the detail is well executed and the tower is efficiently provided with enfilading loops. A hood-moulded panel niche with dated sill is set above the entrance-doorway in the S re-entrant. Internally the ground floor is divided into two barrel-vaulted compartments (that on the E the kitchen), with a service corridor on the S; a service-stair communicating with the hall was incorporated in the N end-wall. A well proportioned dog-leg stair, with ceiled-vault, provided the principle access to the first-floor hall, from which a newel-stair, corbelled-out over the N re-entrant, communicated with a cap-house and possibly also the attic. Probably in the 18th century the building was remodelled and enlarged windows were incorporated, mainly at first-floor level. Two corbels at the level of the cap-house (one a reused lintel) were possibly for a garderobe chute or hoarding.
On the S side of the tower there are the wasted remains of a barmkin, connecting on the NW side with a ditch (up to 5m broad). A counterscarp bank, on the S side of the terrace, may indicate the site of an original causeway.
Whitefield probably belongs to a cadet of the Spalding family. In the early 19th century the tower was partially demolished for a neighbouring farmsteading (NO 0904 6165).
Visited by RCAHMS (IMS) August 1987
RCAHMS 1990.

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. 5, 222-26 plan, illust. Held at RCAHMS F.5.21.MAC

RCAHMS (1990a) The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. North-east Perth: an archaeological landscape, Edinburgh
Page(s): 92, No.212 Held at RCAHMS A.1.7.PER

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