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Hynd Castle, tower house, West Skichen

A Scheduled Monument in Arbroath West, Letham and Friockheim, Angus

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Latitude: 56.5634 / 56°33'48"N

Longitude: -2.807 / 2°48'25"W

OS Eastings: 350502

OS Northings: 741566

OS Grid: NO505415

Mapcode National: GBR VP.RD0L

Mapcode Global: WH7R0.V9J7

Entry Name: Hynd Castle, tower house, West Skichen

Scheduled Date: 6 March 1997

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6634

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Secular: tower

Location: Monikie

County: Angus

Electoral Ward: Arbroath West, Letham and Friockheim

Traditional County: Angus


The monument comprises the remains of a small tower house and associated structures. The castle appears to have has no documented history.

The monument occupies a natural, rounded, tree-covered knoll lying within a modern enclosure, surrounded by arable farmland. The remains of the small tower house measure some 8.6m square. The walls are of coursed rubble and there is an entrance on its W side. The walls survive to a height of some 3m and are some 2.5m wide.

Some 4m E of the tower are the foundations of a small rectilinear building measuring approximately 6m by 6m, with walls some 1m wide by 0.3m high. There are other, slight remains of similar structures on the knoll, possibly representing a period of occupation later than the castle itself.

The area to be scheduled encompasses the remains of the castle and the associated structures, and an area around them in which traces of associated activity may be expected to survive. It is irregular in shape with maximum dimensions of 60m E-W by 50m N-S as marked in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because of its potential to add to our understanding of medieval high status settlement. It is relatively unusual for such a substantial medieval structure in having no available historical sources.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 54 SW 10.


Warden, A. J. (1880-85) 'Angus or Forfarshire: the land and people, descriptive and historical' Vol. 4, 426.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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