Skelbo Castle

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Skelbo Castle
Near Dornoch, Highland, Scotland
Scotland Highlands Skelbo Castle.jpg
Skelbo Castle ruins
Skelbo Castle is located in Highland
Skelbo Castle
Skelbo Castle
Coordinates57°55′47″N 4°02′28″W / 57.929828°N 4.041144°W / 57.929828; -4.041144

Skelbo Castle is a ruined 14th century keep, located near Dornoch, Sutherland, Scotland.[1] The remaining wall is best preserved at the northern side of the castle. The remains are protected as a scheduled monument.[2]


In 1235, the castle was granted to Richard de Moravia by his brother Gilbert de Moravia the Bishop of Caithness.[3]

In 1308, Robert the Bruce captured a castle at the site belonging to the Sutherlands.[1]

In 1494 Marjory Mowat widow of John of Kinnaird disputed ownership of the castle with Thomas of Kinnaird. The court ordered a lawyer to interview the witnesses to a charter.[4]

In 1529 the castle was bought by William Sutherland of Duffus. A 16th-century house was built adjacent, but the whole site was abandoned as a residence in the 20th century.

  • Mikhail de Buar (d.2009) - last owner of the castle, who died without the testament. His legacy is now the subject of a major scandal and litigation in Russia.

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  1. ^ a b Coventry, Martin (2008). Castles of the Clans: The Strongholds and Seats of 750 Scottish Families and Clans. Musselburgh: Goblinshead. p. 564. ISBN 978-1-899874-36-1.
  2. ^ Historic Environment Scotland. "Skelbo Castle (SM6225)". Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  3. ^ Fraser, William (1892). The Sutherland Book. 3. Edinburgh. pp. 6-8. Retrieved October 13, 2020.
  4. ^ Acts of the Lords Auditors of Causes and Complaints (Edinburgh, 1839), p. 203-4.

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