- Fetteresso Castle
Fetteresso Castle is a 14th century towerhouse, rebuilt in 1761 as a Scottish gothic style
Palladianmanor, with clear evidence of prehistoric use of the site. It is situated immediately west of the town of Stonehavenin Kincardineshireslightly to the west of the A90 dual carriageway. Other notable historic fortified houses or castles in this region are Dunnottar Castle, Muchalls Castle, Fiddes Castle, Cowie Castleand Monboddo House.
cropmarksin the policies of Fetteresso Castle, there is evidence of a ring-ditchsited at the north end of a cursus. A cursus is a prehistoric set of parallel linear structures that were used for some type of athletic competition, possibly related to hunting or archery. In 1822 a cairnwas discovered near Fetteresso Castle with some human remains inside. The burial site was clearly a bronze age construct by the size and shape of the chamber made of unhewn whinstone. Some legends tell that this is the grave of Malcolm I, who is recorded to have been slain at Fetteresso in 954 AD. The burial hillock has become known as Malcolm's Mount, even though it is not likely from current archaeological analysis that the crypt could be so recent. In 1998 a burial urnfrom the beaker peoplewas found at Fetteresso Castle. The Roman Campof Raedykesis located several miles northwest, where a full legion encamped and many archeological recoveries have been made. This location is one of a string of marching camps that connected Angusto Morayshire.
The property is recorded to have been owned by the Strachans, but passed by marriage in the 14th century to the
Clan KeithEarls of Marischal, who built the towerhouse. The Earls of Mariscal also held the nearby fortress, Dunnottar Castle.
eventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
In this era the characteristic Scottish designs of
crow-stepped gables were introduced, and the battlement crenellationelements were introduced. A dovecoteof considerable height was constructed in the seventeenth century to the south of the castle itself. In the year 1659 a woman named Jean Hunterlived at Fetteresso. From her behaviours she was accused of witchcraft and hanged at her home. An artist and wright named Alexander Charlesworked at Fetteresso as an overseer. Charles flourished in the period 1671-1678 and published his drawings in at least one book. Late in the 17th century the Duff family controlled Fetteresso and expanded the building around the old towerhouse.
In the 1940s the castle was owned by Maurice and Geraldine Simpson (nee Pringle). Mrs. Simpson was the heir to the Pringle Knitware fortune. Subsequently the Simpsons acquired and lived in nearby
Muchalls Castle. After the Simpson's tenure at Fetteresso, the roof was off the castle for some period starting around 1954, and the structure deteriorated badly. In the latter part of the 20th century the castle was restored with great interior modification to yield seven houses, which is its present use. As of 2006 Mrs. Simpson still resides in the local area.
Kirkton of Fetteresso
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