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Dunnottar Castle

Listed under Castles & Palaces in Scotland, United Kingdom.

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In the 1390s Sir William Keith built a small L-plan tower house overlooking the approach from the shore up onto a very large flat-topped rock by the coast. The steep winding passage leading up onto the site has very large 16th century gunloops commanding it. The Keith earls Marishal later built a whole complex of buildings here, the main apartments being grouped around a court some way away from the tower. Here in 1685 a number of Covenanters were kept imprisoned in very crowded conditions in a vaulted cellar.

Written by  Mike Salter.

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