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Historic Buildings of Kincardineshire, Scotland

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Historic Buildings of Kincardineshire

Historical County of Scotland

Now included in Aberdeenshire

Image right - Dunnottar Castle

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The object of this project is to provide information about historic buildings in the county of Kincardineshire, with links to sub-projects for specific buildings as appropriate. GENi profiles of people associated with those establishments can be linked to this project and/or to individual projects where they have been set up.

Historic Buildings of Kincardineshire

... in alphabetical order

❊ Indicates an available image in Gallery attached to the project

Including Castles, Abbeys, Manor Houses, Mansions, Stately Homes, Country houses, Estate houses, Courts, Halls, Parks and other listed buildings of historic interest


  • Adam’s Castle
  • Arbuthnott House
  • Auchcairnie Castle


  • Balbegno Castle
  • Balmakewan
  • Barras
  • Benholm Castle
  • Blackhall Castle
  • Brotherton Castle


  • Castle of Allardice
  • Castle of Cadden
  • Castle of Cowie
  • Castle of Fiddes
  • Castle of Haulkerton
  • Castle of Leys
  • Castle of Morphie
  • Cluny Crichton Castle
  • Crathes Castle ❊ - 16th-century castle near Banchory in the the historic county Kincardineshire. This harled castle was built by the Burnetts of Leys and was held in that family for almost 400 years. The castle and grounds are presently owned and managed by the National Trust for Scotland and are open to the public. It was completed in 1596 by Alexander Burnett of Leys, and an additional wing added in the 18th century. He began a new project, the early 17th-century reconstruction of nearby Muchalls Castle (see below), which was completed by his son, Sir Thomas Burnett. Crathes Castle served as the ancestral seat of the Burnetts of Leys until given to the National Trust for Scotland by the 13th Baronet of Leys, Sir James Burnett in 1951. A fire damaged portions of the castle (in particular the Queen Anne wing) in 1966. Another historically important structure in this region linked to the Burnett of Leys family is Monboddo House (see below).


  • Drumtochty Castle
  • Dunnottar Castle ❊ - ruined medieval fortress located upon a rocky headland on the north-east coast of Scotland, south of Stonehaven. The surviving buildings are largely of the 15th and 16th centuries, but the site is believed to have been fortified in the Early Middle Ages. Dunnottar has played a prominent role in the history of Scotland through to the 18th-century Jacobite risings because of its strategic location and defensive strength. Dunnottar is best known as the place where the Honours of Scotland, the Scottish crown jewels, were hidden from Oliver Cromwell's invading army in the 17th century. The property of the Keiths from the 14th century, and the seat of the Marischal, Dunnottar declined after the last Earl forfeited his titles by taking part in the Jacobite rebellion of 1715. The castle was restored in the 20th century and is now open to the public.
  • Durris Castle
  • Durris House


  • Ecclesgreig Castle


  • Fasque House
  • Fettercairn House
  • Fetteresso Castle


  • Glenbervie Castle
  • Glenfarquhar Castle
  • Green Castle


  • Hallgreen Castle
  • Herbertsheil Castle
  • House of Eslie


  • Inglismaldie Castle
  • Inverbervie Castle


  • Johnston Lodge


  • Kaim of Mathers
  • Kair House
  • Kincardine Castle
  • Kingcausie
  • Kinneff Castle


  • Largie Castle
  • Lauriston Castle


  • Maryculter House
  • Mergie House
  • Monboddo Castle ❊ - historically famous mansion in The Mearns, Scotland. The structure was generally associated with the Burnett of Leys family. The property itself was owned by the Barclay family from the 13th century, at which time a tower house structure was erected. In 1593, the Laird was James Strachan, and thence it passed into the Irvine family and thereafter the Burnetts of Leys. In 1714 the well known judge and philosopher James Burnett, Lord Monboddo was born in Monboddo House.
  • Mondynes Castle
  • Muchalls Castle ❊ - 13th century tower house structure, built by the Frasers of Muchalls. Upon this structure, the 17th-century castle was begun by Alexander Burnett of Leys and completed by his son, Sir Thomas Burnett, 1st Baronet, in 1627. The Burnetts of Leys built the remaining four storey present day castle.


  • Pittarrow Castle


  • Strachan


  • Thornton Castle
  • Tilquhillie Castle


  • Ury House ❊ - large ruined mansion in former Kincardineshire, built in the Elizabethan style in 1885 by Alexander Baird. Originally the estate belonged to the Frasers, then the Hays starting in 1413, but eventually became the property of the Earl Marischal. Over the years Ury has been rebuilt three times.[1] In early times the property was known as Urie. In the 17th century Ury was established as the North East Scotland headquarters of the Quaker organisation by David Barclay. Today the house is derelict and the dangerous condition of the structure limits entry


  • Whistleberry Castle

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