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Daviot Castle

A Scheduled Monument in Inverness South, Highland

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Latitude: 57.4387 / 57°26'19"N

Longitude: -4.1188 / 4°7'7"W

OS Eastings: 272912

OS Northings: 840692

OS Grid: NH729406

Mapcode National: GBR J962.215

Mapcode Global: WH4GQ.P9V7

Entry Name: Daviot Castle

Scheduled Date: 9 December 1992

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5486

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Secular: castle

Location: Daviot and Dunlichity

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Inverness South

Traditional County: Inverness-shire


The monument consists of the remains of Daviot castle, which date from the early fifteenth century. The castle occupies a prominent spur 100m NNE of House of Daviot and is thought to have been built by David, first Earl of Crawford (c.1359-1407). The castle is thought to have consisted of a square building surrounded by a thin curtain wall incorporating round-towers at each of its four corners. It is defended by steep natural slopes on its N, E and W sides, a ditch and gatehouse probably protected the

S approach.

The surviving upstanding remains consist of the NE tower, a portion of the curtain wall, several portions of mortared masonry and traces of the foundations of the SE tower. The random-rubble coursed tower has an interior diameter of 4m within walls 1.8m thick, the curtain wall is 0.7m thick and extends for 0.5m from the S portion of the tower. The castle ruins survived till 1840 when they were all but destroyed to provide lime for manure.

The area to be scheduled is rectangular, measuring a maximum of 40m E-W by 55m N-S, to include the upstanding remains, the outlying buried remains of the castle and an area of surrounding ground which is likely to contain evidence of activity associated with the castle, as shown in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because it consists of the remains of a fifteenth century castle which provide evidence, and have the potential to provide further evidence through excavation and analysis, for defensive architecture, domestic occupation, and material culture during the period of its construction and use.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NH 74 SW 4.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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