Forfar, Castle Hill

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Site Type CASTLE
Canmore ID 33763
Site Number NO45SE 19
NGR NO 45614 50813
Council ANGUS
Parish FORFAR
Former Region TAYSIDE
Former District ANGUS
Former County ANGUS
Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Archaeological Notes

NO45SE 19 4563 5080.

(NO 4563 5080) Site of Castle of Forfar (NR)
Castle Hill (NAT)
OS 25" map, Forfarshire, (1861)

The Castle Hill of Forfar was within the old boundary of the loch and was surrounded by water. The castle is associated with Malcolm III and Queen Margaret and is on record at this period (1057-93). William the Lion (1165-1214) used it and Alexander II (1214-1249) dated several charters from it. In 1291 it was captured by Edward I and in 1306 was burned and destroyed. It was restored in 1308 but in 1313 it was again destroyed and never rebuilt, The remains were visible in the 17th century but all trace has now disappeared.
A Jervise 1859; A Reid 1902.

 
Books and References

Dennison and Coleman, E P and R (2000b) Historic Forfar: the archaeological implications of development, The Scottish burgh survey series Edinburgh
Page(s): 13-14, 62-5 Held at RCAHMS D.13.13.FOR

Jervise, A (1859a) 'Notes regarding historical and antiquarian peculiarities of the districts in Forfarshire, where the various relics now presented to the Museum of the Society were found', Proc Soc Antiq Scot, vol.2
Page(s): 64

Reid, A (1902) The Royal Burgh of Forfar: a local history, Paisley
Page(s): 1-25 Held at RCAHMS D.13.13.FOR

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