The Castles of Scotland by Martin Coventry | Goblinshead | A comprehensive guide to 4,100 castles, towers, historic houses, stately homes and family lands
The Castles of Scotland by Martin Coventry | Goblinshead | A comprehensive guide to 4,100 castles, towers, historic houses, stately homes and family lands
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Forter Castle

Angus & Dundee: About 12 miles north of Alyth, on minor road north of B951 at Meikle Forter, in Glen Isla, west of River Isla, at Meikle Forter, at Forter Castle.

 

Private   NO 183646   OS: 43   PH11 8QW

 

OPEN: Self-catering accommodation available. Weddings.
Web: www.fortercastle.com   

Forter Castle, a handsome restored tower house, held by the Ogilvies and then by the MacCombies (or MacThomases), in a quiet and scenic spot in Glen Isla, near Alyth in Angus. Forter Castle (old postcard)

Situated in the narrow glen in a prominent spot, Forter Castle is a handsome 16th-century L-plan tower house of four storeys and a garret. It consists of a main block and an offset square wing. A stair-turret projects above the first floor in the main re-entrant angle, and round bartizans crown corners of the main block. There are a number of shot-holes.
  The entrance, at the foot of the wing in the re-entrant angle, leads to a wide stair to the first floor only, while the floors above are reached by the stair in the turret. The basement was vaulted, and contained the kitchen with a wide fireplace and two cellars. The hall, on the first floor, has a large fireplace, and recreated painted beams and ceiling in 16th century style.

Forter Castle, a handsome restored tower house, held by the Ogilvies and then by the MacCombies (or MacThomases), in a quiet and scenic spot in Glen Isla, near Alyth in Angus. Forter Castle: before restoration (MacGibbon and Ross)

The lands belonged to the Abbey of Coupar, but passed to the Ogilvies after the Reformation. The castle was attacked in 1591 by the Campbells, and then plundered and burned by the Earl of Argyll in 1640, when he turned out the Countess of Airlie, as recounted in the old ballad ‘The Bonnie House o’ Airlie’. The castle was later restored. Also see Airle Castle and Cortachy Castle.
  The property was sold to the MacThomas (MacCombie) family, who built a new castle at Crandart [NO 188675]. MacCombie of Forter is mentioned in a judicial proceeding of 1661. The family feuded with the Ogilvies, and were eventually ruined and had to sell the property in 1676.
  Forter Castle became ruinous, but was sympathetically restored from 1988 and is occupied.

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