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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Red Castle

Angus & Dundee: About 5 miles south and west of Montrose, on minor roads east of A92, just south of mouth of Lunan Water at sea, south of Lunan, at Red Castle.

 

Ruin or site   NO 687510   OS: 54   DD11 5ST

 

OPEN: Access at all reasonable times – the castle may be in a dangerous condition and care should be taken.

Red Castle, an impressive but shattered ruinous old stronghold, once a large and strong castle held by the Barclays, Stewarts and Beatons, in prominent spot near the sea some miles from Montrose and near Lunan in Angus in northeast Scotland. Red Castle, near Montrose (old postcard)

On high ground and visible for miles around, Red Castle consists of the crumbling ruins of a 12th- or 13th-century courtyard castle, to which a tower was added in the 14th or 15th century. There is an impressive-looking section of the curtain wall and one half of the tower, which rose to four storeys. The walls are as much as 6-foot thick, and there was apparently a prison excavated deep into the rock.
  The original castle was built by the Barclays, and was used by William the Lyon for hunting. Robert the Bruce gave the castle to Hugh, 6th Earl of Ross, in 1328, and it later passed to the Stewart Lord Innermeath, and then to the Beatons.

  It was attacked, sacked and burnt by Protestants led by James or Jack (hence Black Jack Castle) Gray in 1579, 1580 and 1581, although Andrew Gray of Dunninald was summoned for treason for the act, having seized the three guards (including a woman) and holding them in shackles for 20 days or more. In 1581 the pregnant Marjory Stewart, lady of Vayne, with others had had to flee to Red Castle in fear of their lives. The attackers blew up the gate with gunpowder, and Marjory miscarried. The siege continued until the attackers were driven off by a force from Dundee.
  The castle was last occupied by an Episcopal minister, James Rait, and the property later passed to the Guthries.

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