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Castle of Fiddes - Kincardineshire

Fiddes Castle (from distance)

Castle of Fiddes (from distance)

Castle of Fiddes is a 16th century L-plan tower house of three storeys to which has been added a round fair-tower at one end of the main block. The round tower is corbelled out to square and crowned by a corbiestepped watch-chamber. A round entrance stair-tower rises a story lower in the re-entrant angle. Another stair-tower projects from the middle of the main block and is capped by a square corbel led-out watch-chamber. Bartizans, with conical roofs, crown two corners of the castle. The walls are pieced by shot-holes.

Castle of Fiddes Aberdeenshire

The basement is vaulted and contains a kitchen with a large fireplace, and a wine-cellar with a small stair up to the hall above. The main stair rises only to the first floor, the upper floors are reached by stairs in the round tower and the stair-turret. The hall was on the first floor and there was a private room adjoining in the wing with many private chambers on the floors above.

Castle of Fiddes 02 Aberdeenshire

The Arbuthnotts owned the property until it was sold in the late 17th century to the Thomsons of Arduthie. The castle, now a farmhouse, was restored in the 1960s. Now owned by an SCA member.

Fiddes Castle (old postcard)

Fiddes Castle (from old postcard around 1905)

Wording taken from The Castles of Scotland Third Edition by Martin Coventry

Date posted: 30 Oct 2012Last updated: 20 Nov 2014

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Comment by: Kristen Fiddes on Thu, 24th Sep 2015, 2:47 amRef id: 66

I am very interested in this castle! My family name is Fiddes!

Comment by: Russell Gordon Fiddes on Fri, 2nd Oct 2015, 12:35 amRef id: 68

Thank you for sharing photos of the Fiddes Castle and preserving the history.

Comment by: Robin Fiddes on Thu, 22nd Dec 2016, 3:41 amRef id: 129

Would love to see pictures of the interior.

Comment by: Brian McGarrigle on Sun, 25th Dec 2016, 7:12 amRef id: 135

Hi Robin. Thanks for your comment. Although the SCA have visited Fides we tend not to publish photographs of the interiors of private residences as we are guests. However, you could always join and see for yourself! Regards Brian

Comment by: James Brown on Fri, 21st Apr 2017, 3:36 pmRef id: 173

Posting pictures of the interiors of inhabited buildings is unwise. I know of an owner of an historic house in England which is richly furnished with rare and very expensive antiques. He was shown a copy of a New York magazine with the interior of his house in it - a rich source of information for international thieves who steal to order.

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