Castle Roy is one of the oldest castles of its type in Scotland unique in that it is largely unaltered, whilst most other castles have been extensively modified over the centuries. The castle is thought to have been built at some point in the early 13th century, replacing an earlier wooden motte and bailey keep of Norman influenced design. In accordance with its early design it is one of Scotland’s simplest forts consisting of four curtain walls, about 7 ft. thick, forming a square. Presumably the walls defended a number of timber buildings which have since disappeared. One theory is that Castle Roy was built by James, son of the Earl of Mar, in 1226, after having receiving the title of Lord of Abernethy from King Alexander II. It may have become a residence of the powerful Comyn family, rivals of the famed King Robert the Bruce.

In 1548 the Castle was named in the Charter of the Earldom of Moray and therefore possibly it was still in use, although in the era of gunpowder will only have been of use as a fortified shelter.



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Founded: 13th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in United Kingdom


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CJ HALLIDAY (2 years ago)
The history on your web site is poor. The Normans did not colonise Scotland, certain war lords of Norman descent were granted land by successive Scottish kings from the time of Malcolm Canmore. Why refer to William the Conqueror, who was never king of Scotland and not Malcolm Canmore who was the Scottish king at that time. These war lords including Bruce, Comyn, Grant, Menzies,Fraser became integrated into Scottish culture, both Highland and Lowland and even spoke Gaelic. Any ties to Norman origins of 1066 and all that were but a distant memory by the 13th century.
Lord Barahir (2 years ago)
It's closed
sandy mcintosh (2 years ago)
Not a lot to see. No history only four walls.
Justin Jones (2 years ago)
Great little piece of history. part of a walk from Nethy Bridge to Cragmore woods.
Tim Cumming (2 years ago)
A simple but significant part of the Cumming (Comyn) and Grant clans history and legacy. On a quiet day you might really imagine how tough it was living here in the 12th/13th century. Makes you realize just how lucky we are for having ancestors who survived long enough to pass their genes on from when they lived in places like this all the way down the ages to enable us ‘to be’ today!
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