Edzell Castle

Angus, Scotland

City/Town/Village: Gannachy
District: Angus
County: Angus
Latitude/Longitude: 56.8116, -2.68195
Postcode: DD9 7TG
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Edzell Castle is a stone 16th century L-plan tower house, of four storeys and a garret, founded by the Lindsays. The large courtyard has a range of buildings and a garden which was created by Sir David Lindsay in 1604.

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

Ruin: courtyard castle with large Pleasance or walled garden.
Oldest part tower-house at S.W. angle of court, early 16th
cent. 3-storey basement and attic with corbelled parapet
walk; later in 16th cent. large courtyard added with pend
to court in W. range and hall in N. with circular N.W. tower
having circular stair turret in N.E. angle.
Large rectangular garden, laid out to S. in 1604 with summer
house at E. angle and bath-house (reduced to foundations)
at W, elaborately finished: walls have coped tops with niched
features, and divided into compartments by pilasters,
treatment of compartments alternates chequer of flower
boxes (having heraldic significance) and large recess for
flower box with vesica panels above having sculpture
representing Planetaru Deities, Liberal Arts and Cardinal
Virtues, based on German engravings by Meister I.B. published
in 1528. Garden house 2-storey with circular stair tower
and vaulted ground floor, west compartment groined.
Stone-slab roof. Collection of fragments. Castle gutted
1764.

Information from British Listed Buildings


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