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Aboyne Castle

Aboyne Castle Aberdeenshire Scotland

The ruins of a 13th Century castle, mentioned in ancient records as the "castrum de Obeyn". It was built originally as a motte and bailey stronghold. and later this was replaced by a stone keep. In the 17th Century this was, in its turn, replanned and rebuilt as a tower-house; part of the remains of this can still be seen. In 1801 a mansion house was built on the site. and this was transformed by Sir Cunliffe Brooks in the 1880s, when much baronial-style ornamentation was added. A relic of historical importance is preserved at the castle, the Formaston Stone. This dates from between a.d. 800 and 1000: it bears a mirror symbol, part of an elaborately decorated Celtic cross, and an inscription in the ancient Ogham script. Located 27 miles west of Aberdeen off A93, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

 

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