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Trochrie Castle

A Scheduled Monument in Strathtay, Perth and Kinross

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Coordinates

Latitude: 56.5427 / 56°32'33"N

Longitude: -3.6634 / 3°39'48"W

OS Eastings: 297818

OS Northings: 740208

OS Grid: NN978402

Mapcode National: GBR V0.YYMD

Mapcode Global: WH5NB.PTQ4

Entry Name: Trochrie Castle

Scheduled Date: 17 February 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5612

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Secular: castle

Location: Little Dunkeld

County: Perth and Kinross

Electoral Ward: Strathtay

Traditional County: Perthshire

Description

The monument consists of the remains of Trochrie Castle, a 15th-16th century defensive residence which was owned by the Gowrie family.

All that survives upstanding of the castle, thought to have been built on the Z-plan, is the E arc of a circular tower which stands about 5m high. The rest of the site has been levelled and a lawn cultivated. The tower is situated E of the River Braan, in a private garden in the village of Trochry. The internal diameter of the rubble-built tower is 2.5m, with walls 0.85m thick. A section of adjoining wall projects 4m to the N.

A narrow lintelled window and a shot-hole in the S wall are the only surviving openings. The interior is rubble filled, obscuring the remains of a newel stairway. There is a section of walling c.6m to the SE of the tower, but this footing probably post-dates the castle. Trochrie was burned down in 1545.

The area to be scheduled is irreguar, measuring a maximum of 35m ENE- WSW by 30m N-S, to include the upstanding portion of the tower and an area of surrounding ground which is likely to contain buried structures associated with the castle and its occupation, as shown in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a fragment of a Medieval castle which was once a substantial fortified residence. As such it provides evidence and has the potential to provide further evidence, through research and excavation, which may clarify the precise position, lay-out and building chronology of the castle. In addition, it may be possible to retrieve material evidence which may increase our understanding of social organisation, domestic activity and economy during the period of the castle's construction and occupation.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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RCAHMS records the monument as NN94SE 1.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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