Terpersie Castle

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Terpersie Castle

Terpersie Castle (originally built as Dalpersie House) is a 16th-century tower house in Tullynessle, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, located 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) north-west of Alford. It is protected as a category A listed building.[1]

The small Z-plan manor tower house was constructed in 1561 by the Gordon family. In 1665 it was restored after burning down. After 1885 it was abandoned, and stood in ruins during most of the 20th century. In the 1980s the castle was restored as a residence by architects William Cowie Partnership.[2]

Terpersie is one of the earliest known Z-plan manor -houses, defined as a rectangular main block with towers at opposite corners. The main block of Terpersie measures around 8.5 by 5.5 metres (28 by 18 ft), with two round towers of 5.2 metres (17 ft) diameter.[1]

On the 16 May 1645, a Sunday, Major Baillie on campaign against Montrose, burnt the house and plundered and destroyed the surrounding area before the arrival of Lord Balcarres.[3]

The Gordon who was its owner in 1745 is said to have been the last person executed for participating in the Jacobite Rebellion, and a recess in the upper part of the roof is said to be where he was captured.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Terpersie Castle". Historic Scotland. Retrieved 4 August 2011.
  2. ^ "Terpersie Castle". CANMORE. Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. Retrieved 4 August 2011.
  3. ^ Spalding, John (1792). The history of the troubles and memorable transactions in Scotland, from the from the year 1624 to 1645. Vol. 2. T. Evans, Paternoster Row, London. p. 298. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  4. ^ Billings, Robert William (1852). The baronial and ecclesiastical antiquities of Scotland (1852) (Volume 2 ed.). p. 1. Retrieved 18 February 2018.

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Coordinates: 57°16′13″N 2°45′09″W / 57.2702°N 2.7524°W / 57.2702; -2.7524