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Duffus Castle

near Elgin

Duffus Castle, Elgin, Scotland
Duffus castle © David Watmough | Dreamstime.com

Located 5 miles north-west of Elgin in Moray on the east coast of Scotland. This typical Norman castle was built in the 14th century on the site of an earlier wooden construction. Today you can walk across the cobbled causeway and explore the stone ruins. It is in the care of Historic Scotland. The original seat of the Moray family, it is one of the finest examples of a motte and bailey castle in Scotland.

Skip Nolan visited several years ago and had this report to make:
'This must have been intended to be a major facility when the mote and bailey were converted from wood to stone. The bailey wall is at least 30 feet high in stone and encompasses what I would estimate to be over an acre. But, the result of building such a heavy tower at the top of the mote was a classic example of why not to build heavy structures on fill; the weight caused the ground to slump and the building has split apart and is slowly drifting down toward the bottom of the hill. What you see in the picture is the gardyloo which originally was a part of the lord's solar in the upper part, now slipped half way down the mote!'

For further information, visit the web site by David Duffus which has a vast amount of information including the official HMSO guide to the castle, and an article on the destruction of Duffus, plus a lot of historical information on this part of the country.

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