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Red Castle, Lunan (11560)

Current Priority
2
East
368831
North
751084
Site Type
Castle And Midden
Period
Medieval

Red Castle with midden below. The castle is in a ruinous state and sits on a low hill at the coast edge. An eroding bank runs for a distance of approximately 50m below it,and includes approximately 5m of midden visible with burnt peat and bone. Castle debris in the form of masonry blocks and roof slates were observed on the foreshore.

Castle structure unstable; fragments of structure found fallen on beach. Do not approach. ShoreUPDATE Oct 2014: Significant erosion of the base of the midden has occurred in 2014. Vegetation that protected the midden has been stripped away. Animal bone, pottery, an Fe cannon ball and a copper alloy object were recovered from the midden and deposited at Montrose Museum. Rip rap coastal defence has been installed downstream of the midden

ShoreUPDATE 11/12/2015 As described. Midden visible in coast edge containing quantities of peat ash. Fallen masonry from castle on beach.

Condition and current recommendations:

Condition
Midden is eroding, Castle is ruinous
Action
Survey site - standing building survey ;
Excavate site - open area

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Record 51 on map 7 in Coastal Zone Assessment Survey - Angus, 2009

Other records:

NMRS
35792
SMR
NO65SE0062

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24th October, 2014 by training1
Survey Information
User:
training1
Date:
Oct. 24, 2014
Tidal state:
mid
Site located?:
Yes
Condition Information
Proximity to coast edge:
coast edge
Coastally eroding?:
active sea erosion
Is there a coastal defence?:
no
Other threats?:
structural damage/decay
Description:

Red Castle with midden below. The castle is in a ruinous state and sits on a low hill at the coast edge. An eroding bank runs for a distance of approximately 50m below it,and includes approximately 5m of midden visible with burnt peat and bone. Castle debris in the form of masonry blocks and roof slates were observed on the foreshore.

Castle structure unstable; fragments of structure found fallen on beach. Do not approach. ShoreUPDATE Oct 2014: Significant erosion of the base of the midden has occurred in 2014. Vegetation that protected the midden has been stripped away. Animal bone, pottery, an Fe cannon ball and a copper alloy object were recovered from the midden and deposited at Montrose Museum. Rip rap coastal defence has been installed downstream of the midden.

Management Information
How visible are the remains? (above ground):
not visible
How visible are the remains? (in section):
clearly visible in section
How accessibile is the site?:
accessible on foot (no footpath)
The site is:
is well known
Comments and recommendations
Comments:

Red Castle is on private land and is a dangerous structure. It is not safe to go near it.

Recommendations:

Monitor midden erosion. Recover finds.

11th December, 2015 by training1
Survey Information
User:
training1
Date:
Dec. 11, 2015
Tidal state:
mid
Site located?:
Yes
Condition Information
Proximity to coast edge:
coast edge
Coastally eroding?:
active sea erosion; has eroded in the past
Description:

Red Castle with midden below. The castle is in a ruinous state and sits on a low hill at the coast edge. An eroding bank runs for a distance of approximately 50m below it,and includes approximately 5m of midden visible with burnt peat and bone. Castle debris in the form of masonry blocks and roof slates were observed on the foreshore.

Castle structure unstable; fragments of structure found fallen on beach. Do not approach. ShoreUPDATE Oct 2014: Significant erosion of the base of the midden has occurred in 2014. Vegetation that protected the midden has been stripped away. Animal bone, pottery, an Fe cannon ball and a copper alloy object were recovered from the midden and deposited at Montrose Museum. Rip rap coastal defence has been installed downstream of the midden

ShoreUPDATE 11/12/2015 As described. Midden visible in coast edge containing quantities of peat ash. Fallen masonry from castle on beach.

Management Information
How visible are the remains? (in section):
clearly visible in section
How accessibile is the site?:
easily accessible- no restrictions
The site is:
is well known; is well visited; has local associations/history
Comments and recommendations
Recommendations:

Maintain priority status