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Keiss Castle

Keiss Castle


Location: Sutherland  Map




Description of Keiss Castle

Keiss Castle is a medieval castle situated in Sutherland region of Scotland in United Kingdom.  Keiss fortress was build in the late 16th century or early 17th century by George Sinclair, fifth Earl of Caithness (1582- 1643) on a site of the older citadel. The strange feature of the castle is the fact that is defended by the wall only on side of the sea suggesting that it was build to prevent oversea intrusion of Scotland. Unfortunately erosion takes a toll of the Keiss castle and the cliff where it was build. The original gateway fell as part of the cliff collapsed. The castle was abandoned in the 1700’s.


The estate bought Sir William Sinclair, 2nd Baronet of Dunbeath , in the early 18th century , and in 1752 Keiss Castle became his family home. The present house was built around 1755 and had to be sold in 1765 because of financial difficulties of Sinclairs of Ulbster . It is a country house that architect David Bryce rebuilt and expanded in Scottish Baronial Style on behalf of Colonel K. Macleay . In 1866 it was sold to the Duke of Portland . Historic Scotlandhas listed the country house as a historic building of category B. This includes the fenced garden northeast of the house, the Torlodge and the gate columns with their cast-iron gates, which were installed in 1860.












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