Not to be confused with other castles of the same name, Kincardine was a royal castle claimed to have been built for Alexander II (1214-49).  It was here that King John Balliol retreated in 1296 after the battle of Dunbar, before finally surrendering to the forces of King Edward I at Montrose.

The site stands upon a rise of ground just over a mile north-east of Fettercairn in Aberdeenshire and is about 120' square.  As it stood in a marsh it appears never to have been ditched, but consists of a simple curtain wall, some 8' thick, with a twin rectangular gatehouse to the south.  The curtain had a sloping plinth and still stands up to 6' high.  To the north was a postern while internal buildings graced the north and east sides.  Its simple plan makes it similar to other quadrangular castles like Balvenie, Banff
and Castle Roy.

Excavations in 2013 uncovered a piece of pig bone radiocarbon dated to 1040-1220.  

Why not join me at other Great Scottish Castles this Spring?  Information on tours at Scholarly Sojourns.


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