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Gauldwell Castle was a 13th-century castle, about 3.5 miles (5.6 km) north west of Dufftown, Moray, Scotland, north of the River Fiddich. Alternative names are Boharm Castle, Cauddwell Castle, Gallvall Castle and Goldwell Castle.

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Gauldwell Castle
Gauldwell Castle is located in Moray
Gauldwell Castle
Gauldwell Castle
Coordinates 57°29′28″N 3°09′04″W / 57.4911°N 3.1512°W / 57.4911; -3.1512
Site history
Built 13th century


Freskin, a Flemish nobleman, progenitor of the Murrays of Abercairny held the Castle. It became a property of the Earls of Moray. In 1562 Mary, Queen of Scots stayed at the castle. An earlier castle may have stood on the site.


Gauldwell Castle was a large enclosure castle. There was a wall enclosing a courtyard, with a hall alteration and extensions took place during the period of its use. The castle was built at the south of a ridge which sloped steeply to the east and west, though gently to the south. The building was 38.5 metres (126 ft) long by 8.3 metres (27 ft) wide to the north, and 6.9 metres (23 ft) wide at the south. The area of the probable courtyard is to the east.

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