Castle Fraser

Aberdeenshire, Scotland

City/Town/Village: Craigearn
District: Aberdeenshire
County: Aberdeenshire
Latitude/Longitude: 57.203, -2.46049
Postcode: AB51 7LD
(postcode is for sat-nav purposes only, and may not represent the actual address of the castle)

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Castle Fraser was originally a 15th century stone rectangular tower house, founded by Thomas Fraser. Between 1575 and 1635, Michael and then Andrew Fraser founded the castle, when incorporating the four storey tower, in the construction of an elaborate and imposing Z-plan tower house. Known as Muchall-in-Mar until 1695, the main block is of five storey, with two 17th century, two storey projecting ranges, forming a courtyard.

Castle Fraser is a Listed Building. Here's what the official description says about it:

Large 4-storey and attic Z-plan main tower house with wings
enclosing N. courtyard. Probably originally designd c. 1576
by Thomas Leiper, W (Michael) tower being built first, with
part of centre block shortly there after: extended to present
Z-plan c.1592, hall paved by James Leiper 1614, elaborate
upper parts with coat of arms completed by I (John)
Bol 1617-18 (inscription and date). Wings or Laich Biggings
1621-36 (dated ) probably James Leiper. Centre block 54'
x 32'10" square tower 31' round tower 28' dia. 77' high.
Hall vaulted with "laird's lug". Some late 18th century
interior work, probably dating from 1795 when large domed
staircase and arcades were inserted in court (recently
removed) and fine S. doorway with cavetto splay. N. gate and
flanking buildings c.1820, bellcote features older re-used.

Information from British Listed Buildings


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