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Listed Building

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BURGIE TOWERReference: LB15586

Status: Designated


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  • Category: A
  • Date Added: 26/01/1971


  • Local Authority: Moray
  • Planning Authority: Moray
  • Parish: Rafford

National Grid Reference

  • NGRNJ 9368 59314
  • Coordinates309368, 859314


Dated 1602. Tall, 6-storey tower, the surviving portion of

former castle. Harl pointed rubble, ashlar dressings. Square

tower with crenellated and bartizaned wallhead with cannon

waterspouts; regular fenestration; projecting circular stair

turret rising full-height against E elevation; doorway at E

in ground floor with wrought-iron yett; gun loops. E face

reveals former 1st floor hall hearth with massive joggled

corniced mantel with centre coat of arms.

INTERIOR: tower consists of single rooms, one on top of other

served by wheel stair; rooms in 2 upper floors vaulted; apex

of stair tower also vaulted.

Statement of Special Interest

Coat of Arms initialled AD and KR for Alexander Dunbar of

Grange and his wife Katherine Reid, with RD for Robert Dunbar

below with '1602 zeiris'. Alexander Dunbar died in 1593

before completion of castle in 1602 and was succeeded by his

son Robert. Castle added to in 1702 and demolished (except

tower) in 1802 to provide materials for Burgie House

(remodelled 1912).

Change of Category B to A, 25.4.89.



THE STATISTICAL ACCOUNT (1794-5, Witherington and Grant ed

1982), p.631. Anon, SURVEY OF PROVINCE OF MORAY (1798),

p.161. NEW STATISTICAL ACCOUNT (1842), p.248. MacGibbon and


ii (1887), pp.261-3. J G Murray, THE BOOK OF BURGIE (1930),

pp.21-2, 30 pl.3. Stewart Cruden, THE SCOTTISH CASTLE (1960,

3rd ed 1981), p.220.

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