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Birse Castle (Aberdeenshire) - Past & Present

Birse Castle Aberdeen

Birse Castle - the original structure occupies the extreme left - Pic: John Pringle

Situated in a remote part of Aberdeenshire Birse was a small, rubble built and harled tower house provided with label mouldings and a circular tower corbelled to the square. It dated from around 1600. In 1640 it was burned. By the time of McGibbon & Ross in the 1880s it was a tumbled ruin.

Birse Castle before restoration

Birse in its ruined state in 1904

In 1905 Birse was restored to something of its original state and so stood until 1930 when extensive additions radically altered its appearance to that in the first picture.

It's hard to reconcile this illustration with that depicted beneath but the survival of Birse was secured and proves that no castle is outside restoration, or in this case, rebuiding.

Birse Castle fully restored

Added: 24 Jun 2012 Updated: 11 Dec 2019
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Comment by: Philippa Treanor Heaven on Wed, 11th Dec 2019, 3:16 pmRef id: 127

My great grandparents, the Marquessa de Braseras & her husband R J Heaven owned and restored Birse sometime around the 1930's My family would very much like to visit as we have heard many stories over the years. Is it possible to hire the property? Your comments please. Philippa

Comment by: David Campbell on Wed, 11th Dec 2019, 4:50 pmRef id: 128

Hello Philippa - how wonderful to have family connections involved in restoring one of our Scottish castles! To my knowledge Birse Castle is owned by Dunecht Estates so it would be best to contact them to enquire about the possibility of visiting it. Good luck! Dunecht Estates' website address is -

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