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Asliesk Castle

A Scheduled Monument in Forres, Moray

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Latitude: 57.6189 / 57°37'8"N

Longitude: -3.494 / 3°29'38"W

OS Eastings: 310854

OS Northings: 859755

OS Grid: NJ108597

Mapcode National: GBR K8RL.65Z

Mapcode Global: WH5H6.9RFM

Entry Name: Asliesk Castle

Scheduled Date: 14 October 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5778

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Secular: castle

Location: Alves

County: Moray

Electoral Ward: Forres

Traditional County: Morayshire


The monument consists of the remains of the castle of Asliesk which probably date from the late 16th century.

The building is encroached upon by the steading of Asliesk Castle Farm. All that survives of the once substantial castle is the W wall and fragments of the adjoining N and S walls. The interior and the ground plan are obscured by fallen masonry and scrub vegetation. The W wall is 6.4m long and c.5-6m high. The N and S walls project about 5m from the W wall. The walls are constructed of pinned rubble with freestone quoins (the lower quoins have been robbed). Two slit windows pierce the W wall and the remains of a corbelled turret can be seen at the SW angle.

The area to be scheduled is rectangular measuring a maximum of 25m E-W by 13m N-S, but excluding the modern farm buildings on the S and W, as shown in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as an example of a defensive residence, albeit much reduced, dating from the later 16th century, as an architectural fragment of significance surviving in the landscape of Moray, and as a source of below ground evidence, which has the potential, through excavation, to contribute to our understanding of domestic architecture, material culture, and how people lived in late Medieval Scottish society.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NJ15NW 1.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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