Gardyne Castle

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Gardyne Castle: 16th century eastern wing
Gardyne Castle Southern Frontage

Gardyne Castle is a 16th-century tower house in Angus, Scotland. It is located 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) south-west of Friockheim. The castle is still in use as a family home, and is protected as a Category A listed building.[1]


The house was built by the Gardyne family,[2] and an inscribed stone records the date 1568.[1][3] The date stone also bears the arms of King James VI and the motto "God save the King". Together with the distinctive style of some of the architectural features, such as the conical-roofed bartizans, this suggests an attempt to link the building with Royal Stewart architecture, and with the new king, as opposed to his predecessor the deposed Mary, Queen of Scots.[4]

The Gardynes held a long-running feud with the Guthries of nearby Guthrie Castle, leading the Crown to confiscate the lands of both families in 1632.[2] The Gardynes subsequently moved to a nearby residence, and Gardyne Castle became the property of the Lyell family of Dysart.[2]

A large extension was added in 1740, which forms the central part of the current building. A further addition was made in 1910 when Harold Tarbolton was the architect.[1] The building was renovated in the early 21st century.


  1. ^ a b c "Gardyne Castle, Listed Building Report". Historic Scotland. Retrieved 5 June 2010.
  2. ^ a b c "Gardyne Castle". Gazetteer for Scotland. Retrieved 5 June 2010.
  3. ^ The Gazetteer for Scotland gives the date as 1468.
  4. ^ "Gardyne Castle". CANMORE. Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. Retrieved 5 June 2010.

Coordinates: 56°37′45″N 2°41′47″W / 56.62917°N 2.69639°W / 56.62917; -2.69639