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posted 04-22-2002 09:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gavin   Click Here to Email Gavin     Edit/Delete Message
Cannot find any info on this castle and wish to know it all, only know it was built around 1181 for the Lord of Buchan who was called Le Neym.
Cheers AJR very usefull.
Thanks ipflo but this unfortunately is the wrong castle, the one i am interested in is beside Peterhead.
Also does anybody know about the lady who jumped off the rock (Babbies rock) opposite the castle and drowned in the river Ugie to save the life of a fleeing man from troops.(some kind of old Peterhead tale)
Thanks Gordon.
Cheers AJR that would be very good to see, my interest in this has came about because as a kid we went walks out into the country to this castle and when i talk about it today even the vast majority of poeple in Peterhead dont even know it exists.
I have found out this morning from my wife who works in the Library that some years ago someone wrote a thesis on it and she is trying to get hold of a copy.

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posted 04-22-2002 09:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for AJR     Edit/Delete Message
Check the following website

Hope this helps you.

posted 04-22-2002 01:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ipflo   Click Here to Email ipflo     Edit/Delete Message
you can find some pics at

some info on the history you can find at

and on http://www.google.nl/search?hl=nl&q=%22Ravenscraig+Castle%22&btnG=Google+zoeken&lr= you can probably find some interesting things about this beautiful castle


posted 04-22-2002 02:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ipflo   Click Here to Email ipflo     Edit/Delete Message
sorry about the last reply: until now i didn't know there where two ravenscraig castles in scotland ;(

you were right about this castle it is very difficult to find some good information about it.

The best is what AJR has given you

but you can find also some spare info at:

posted 04-22-2002 02:47 PM           Edit/Delete Message
Gavin, I don't have any data on that particular story, but most castles have their myths.
Ravenscraig originally was part of the great northern estates of the Cheynes, who were related to the Comyns, and so backed the wrong side when Bruce became King. Ravenscraig came to the Keiths, Earls Marischall, who also gained the old Cheyne property of Inverugie in the 14thc. The Keiths built the present Ravenscraig about 1491, and were visited there by James 6th in 1589 for the marriage of the laird's daughter.

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posted 04-23-2002 04:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for AJR     Edit/Delete Message
From “The Castles of Grampian & Angus” by Mike Salter

This castle on a rock beside the Ugie just 0.8km north-west of Inverugie, was the seat of the barony of Torthorston, held by the Cheynes until it passed to the Keiths in the mid 14th century. The existing building assumed to be that licensed in 1491 lies in the north-west corner of a triangular moated enclosure which could be somewhat older and has traces of an enclosing wall.
The place was originally called Craig of Inverugie although it is Ravenscraig in a charter of 1589 in which George, fifth Earl Marischal, gave it to John Keith, eldest son of Andrew Keith of Ravenscraig. James VI visited the castle in that year on the occasion of the marriage of the laird’s daughter.
The castle has one of the largest tower houses in Europe, the main block being 25.5m long by 13.8m wide, over walls 3.2m thick. It has a wing 10.9m wide projecting 8.5m to the south. An entrance, probably not the original, leads into a passage between two cellars (once vaulted) through to the north wall in which are remains of a wide straight stairway up to a round lobby at the north-east end of the hall. This end of the hall is very damaged but seems to have had a passage leading through a window embrasure (or possibly the main entrance passage) to a spiral stairway in the south-west corner.
A fireplace survives in the hall west wall and there were large window embrasures at this end in each side wall. One had access into a private room in the west end of the main block. This room has a latrine and a staircase leading up in the west wall to two other private rooms above it. The other embrasure had access onto a wide main stairway leading up in the re-entrant angle. From this stairway there was access to another private room in the wing. From one of the window embrasures of this room a service stairway led down to a third cellar in the main block, and to another cellar (the only one still vaulted) in the wing. Above the room in the wing were two bedrooms. The hall was probably vaulted over at a high level with a flagged roof directly on top (i.e. no third storey).

Mike Salter has a site plan, plus plans of the first and second storey in his book, although sadly not the ground floor. I can scan these if you wish.

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