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Dunphail Castle is a ruined 14th-century tower house, about 6.5 miles (10.5 km) south of Forres, Moray, Scotland, west of nearby Dunphail House, and east of the River Divie. Coordinates: 57°30′44″N 3°39′33″W / 57.5122°N 3.6592°W / 57.5122; -3.6592

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Dunphail Castle
Coordinates 57°30′44″N 3°39′33″W / 57.5122°N 3.6592°W / 57.5122; -3.6592
Site history
Built 14th century

History

The castle was in existence before 1314. The Comyns owned Dunphail Castle, and the Regent Moray besieged them there in 1330, after their flight from Darnaway Castle. Moray executed five of the garrison, whom he had captured when they had been foraging.

The Dunbars, came into ownership of Dunphail and may have occupied this castle afterwards. Dunphail House was, however, built for the Cummings.

Structure

The castle was built on Castle Hill, towards the south. Only a vaulted basement remains.

Tradition

The castle is reputed to be haunted by five headless ghosts, while groans, and noises of fighting, have also supposedly been heard.

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