Fintry Castle

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Alternative Names Tower Of Fintrie
Site Type CASTLE
Canmore ID 45303
Site Number NS68NW 2
NGR NS 64139 86386
Former Region CENTRAL
Former District STIRLING
Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Archaeological Notes

NS68NW 2 64139 86386

(NS 6414 8638) Fintry Castle (NR) (Ruins)
OS 25" map (1922)

The remains of Fintry Castle are now far too much reduced to plan, but they suggest a main oblong block lying E-W on the top of the knoll and measuring about 55ft by 28ft; there are also indications of what may have been a tower at the west end of the north side. To the north and east of the castle ruins proper there are the foundations of a wall enclosing a courtyard, probably of the same period, with traces of outhouses along its inner face; the outhouse walls are thinner than that of the castle, which was found to be 6ft thick on the north side.
On the south side and below is a large quarry-pit from which, no doubt, the stone for the building was obtained. No doubt the castle was erected in the late 15th/early 16th century. In 1724 it was referred to as the "old ruinous Tower of Fintrie".

The remains of Fintry Castle are as described above. A section of rubble masonry 12m long by 1.3m wide and 1.3m high remains of its north wall; all other walls have fallen. The grass-covered foundations of the courtyard wall and outbuildings have a max. height of 0.3m and are spread to a width of 2.0m. Immediately to the south is a causeway possibly contemporary with the castle leading from its west end to the courtyard in the east.
Surveyed at 1/2500.
Visited by OS (RD) 3 March 1965.

NS 641 863 The much reduced remains of this castle suggest a main oblong block lying E and W with a possible tower at the W end of the N side. To the N and E there are slight traces of a courtyard wall with outbuildings along its inner face. The castle was probably built in the late 15th or early 16th century.
RCAHMS 1979, visited August 1978; RCAHMS 1963

Books and References

Coventry, M (2008) Castles of the Clans: the strongholds and seats of 750 Scottish families and clans, Musselburgh
Page(s): 239 Held at RCAHMS F.5.21.COV

Macfarlane, W (1906-8) Geographical collections relating to Scotland, in Mitchell, A and Clark, J T 3v Edinburgh
Page(s): Vol.1, 350 Held at RCAHMS D.20.MAC.R

RCAHMS (1963) The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. Stirlingshire: an inventory of the ancient monuments, 2v Edinburgh
Page(s): 264, No.214 Held at RCAHMS A.1.1.INV/16

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