Dunnottar Castle

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Dunnottar Castle
Dùn Fhoithear
Near Stonehaven, Aiberdeenshire, Scotland
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Dunnottar Castle
Dunnottar Castle is locatit in Aiberdeen
Dunnottar Castle
Dunnottar Castle
Coordinates 56°56′46″N 2°11′49″W / 56.946°N 2.197°W / 56.946; -2.197Coordinates: 56°56′46″N 2°11′49″W / 56.946°N 2.197°W / 56.946; -2.197
Site information
Owner Dunecht Estates
Controlled bi Clan Keith, Yerl Marischal
Open tae
the public
Yes
Condeetion Ruined
Site history
Biggit c.1400–1600
In use Till 1718

Dunnottar Castle (Scots Gaelic: Dùn Fhoithear, "fort on the shelvin slope"[1]) is a ruined medieval fortress locatit upon a rocky heidland on the north-east coast o Scotland, aboot 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) sooth o Stanehaiven. The survivin biggins are lairgely o the 15t an 16t centuries, but the steid is believed tae hae been fortified in the Early Middle Ages. Dunnottar haes played a prominent role in the history o Scotland throu tae the 18t-century Jacobite risins acause o its strategic location an defensive strenth. Dunnottar is best kent as the place whaur the Honours o Scotland, the Scots croun jewels, war hidden frae Oliver Cromwell's invadin airmy in the 17t century. The property o the Keiths frae the 14t century, an the seat o the Yerl Marischal, Dunnottar declined efter the last Yerl forfeitit his teetles bi takin part in the Jacobite rebellion o 1715. The castle wis restored in the 20t century an is nou open tae the public.

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  1. Watson & Macleod (2010), p.8