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Constructed: 1476- 1496

Castle Sinclair Girnigoe

Castle Sinclair Girnigoe

 

 

 

 

 

 

Description of Castle Sinclair Girnigoe

Castle Sinclair Girnigoe

Castle Sinclair Girnigoe is a medieval stronghold situated on a Noss Head, 3 miles north of Wick, Caithness county in the North- east Scotland.  Castle Sinclair Girnigoe was constructed between 1476 and 1496 by William Sinclair (1480- 1513), one of the most powerful lords in the country. However its owner did not enjoy the castle for a very long time. William Sinclair, the 2nd Earl of Caithness died in a battle of Flodden in 1513 where Scottish army with their French allies were defeated by the English. His son John Sinclair, 3rd Earl of Cathness (1513- 29) completed the military fortifications. Castle was remodeled in 1606 with new additions more inland. A curtain wall defended the citadel with a gatehouse and a drawbridge. Around this time castle was renamed into Sinclair castle after the family that lived here yet both names stayed.

 

In 1677 Sinclair Castle passed to Sir John Campbell of Glenorchy who also took the title of Caithness. This led to a family feud with George Sinclair of Keiss who attacked men of Sir John Campbell in 1680. The same year the castle was besieged and taken by rebellious relative. George Sinclair allowed local Caithness men to strip the fortress of all its interior items, furniture, doors. Even roofs and floors of the Sinclair Castle did not escape greedy hands of local farmers. Fortifications were subsequently abandoned and allowed to fall in disrepair. Ironically the oldest part of the castle that was not inhabited in the last decades of its use also survived in a better condition than other parts. Although both might be restored in a near future.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Castle Sinclair Girnigoe

 

 

 

 

 

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