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Banffshire Coast News

New Book: Cullykhan, Troup Castle and Fort Fiddes

For the first time, the full history of Fort Fiddes, and Captain Fiddes who built it, is set out in a book. Previously unpublished documents from local and national archives bring to light Francis Garden of Troup’s role in the project.

This is the story of Cullykhan, a windswept headland on the scenic Moray Firth coast, its ruined medieval castle and Fort Fiddes, the last fortification built there.

The headland lies to the east of Troup Head, near the boundary between the historic counties of Banffshire and Aberdeenshire. To the east of the headland is a beautiful sheltered bay, also called Cullykhan.

This new, extensively illustrated book, published by the Banffshire Field Club, examines the history of the people who lived in the castle. It describes the landscape and recounts what is known from early maps and journals and includes new work on the place names in the immediate area. The history starts with the earliest known written references to the lands of Troup, dating from the 12th century. The main focus of the book is on the castle from about 1300 to 1600, and two families who lived there: the de Trops and the Keiths.

Alex McKay is a native of Banffshire, brought up in Sandend. While a pupil at Banff Academy he took part in excavations at Cullykhan and developed a lifelong interest in archaeology and history. After a career in teaching and educational management, he is now retired and lives in Scone. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, and a member of numerous local and national historical and cultural societies. 

You can pre-order a copy by emailing amcksing65@gmail.com

 

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