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Craig Castle Aberdeenshire Scotland

It was built by the Gordons in the 16th Century in the "L"-plan tower-house style, with tiny windows and a battery of gun-loops which presented daunting problems for would-be attackers. Additions were made to the castle in 1726, 1832 and 1908. Over the door of the
castle are three panels carrying coats of arms. The doorway itself has a massive iron yett, which opens on to a vaulted vestibule whose ceiling ribs meet in a large foliated central boss decorated with the Scottish Royal Arms. Shields in the corbel caps of two of the ribs bear the three boars' heads of the Gordons and a carving of the five wounds of Christ.

A spiral staircase in the tower has 63 steps over four feet wide, lit by loopholes in the north wall. The first floor contains the great hall, with a piper's gallery and helmet bearing the coat of arms and initials of Francis Gordon, the seventh laird, and his wife. These armorial bearings from 1516 to the present day have recently been repaired and tinctured under the care of the present owner, Catherine Barlas, Feudal Baroness of the Craig of Auchindoir.

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