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Encyclopedia > Ackergill Tower
Ackergill Tower
Location Wick, Caithness, Scotland
55.969N 4.650W
Established unknown, but during the 1400s
Last occupied presently occupied
Construction Stone tower house with some extensions
Built by unknown member of the Clan Keith
Present owner John and Arlette Banister
Open to public open as hotel and conference center
Entry fee with reservation

Ackergill Tower or Ackergill Castle is a Scottish castle in Wick, Caithness. Location within the British Isles Noted point: Designer musician Douglas More hails from Wick! Wick (Inbhir Uige in Gaelic) is an estuary town in Caithness, in the Highland area of Scotland, on the main highway (the A99-A9 road) linking John O Groats with southern Britain. ... Caithness (Gallaibh in Gaelic)[1] is a committee area of Highland Council, Scotland; a lieutenancy area; and a registration county, Caithness was formerly a district within the Highland region from 1975 to 1996 and a local government county with its own county council from 1890 to 1975. ... Motto (Latin) No one provokes me with impunity Cha togar mfhearg gun dioladh (Scottish Gaelic)1 Wha daur meddle wi me?(Scots)1 Anthem (Multiple unofficial anthems) Scotlands location in Europe Capital Edinburgh Largest city Glasgow Official languages English, Gaelic Government Constitutional monarchy  -  Queen Queen Elizabeth II  -  Prime... Events and Trends Categories: 1400s ... Clononey castle in Co. ... Image:Keith crest. ... Castles in Scotland is a link page for any castle in Scotland. ... Location within the British Isles Noted point: Designer musician Douglas More hails from Wick! Wick (Inbhir Uige in Gaelic) is an estuary town in Caithness, in the Highland area of Scotland, on the main highway (the A99-A9 road) linking John O Groats with southern Britain. ... Caithness (Gallaibh in Gaelic)[1] is a committee area of Highland Council, Scotland; a lieutenancy area; and a registration county, Caithness was formerly a district within the Highland region from 1975 to 1996 and a local government county with its own county council from 1890 to 1975. ...

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Early History

Built in the 1400’s by clan Keith, Ackergill Tower is a five story oblong tower house. The Keith clan under John Keith took the lands at Ackergill in 1354, and Ackergill Tower was likely built by his son. Image:Keith crest. ... Clononey castle in Co. ... Events End of reign of John VI Cantacuzenus, as Byzantine emperor. ...


The Sinclairs

In 1547, the Sinclairs of Sinclair & Girnigoe Castle attacked and seized the castle. Mary the Regent granted the Sinclairs remission for this, and returned Ackergill Tower to the Keiths, and later installed Lord Oliphant as keeper of Ackergill in 1549. The Sinclairs again captured the castle in 1556, for which they were again granted remission. Year 1547 was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Julian calendar. ... Clan Sinclair is a Scottish family of lowland extraction with lands in the north of Scotland and the [[Orkney Islands] which they received from the Kings of Scotland. ... Castle Sinclair & Girnigoe 2004 Castle Sinclair & Girnigoe is a castle located about 3 miles north of Wick on the east coast of Caithness, Scotland. ... Marie de Guise Marie de Guise (in English, Mary of Guise) (November 22, 1515 – June 11, 1560) was the Queen Consort of James V of Scotland and the mother of Mary, Queen of Scots. ... Events July - Ketts Rebellion Francis Xavier arrives in Japan. ... Events January 16 - Abdication of Emperor Charles V. His son, Philip II becomes King of Spain, while his brother Ferdinand becomes Holy Roman Emperor January 23 - The Shaanxi earthquake, the deadliest earthquake in history, occurs with its epicenter in Shaanxi province, China. ...


The Keiths

In 1593, Robert Keith, brother to the William Keith, 6th Earl Marischal (who rightfully owned the tower), seized Ackergill by force, for which he was declared a rebel, and the castle returned to the Earl. Events May 18 - Playwright Thomas Kyds accusations of heresy lead to an arrest warrant for Christopher Marlowe. ...


In 1598, another Keith, one John Keith of Subster, attacked the tower in the dead of night, taking its occupants by surprise and capturing the place. Events January 7 - Boris Godunov seizes the throne of Russia following the death of his brother-in-law, Tsar Feodor I. April 13 - Edict of Nantes - Henry IV of France grants French Huguenots equal rights with Catholics. ...


The Sinclairs, again

In 1612, the Sinclairs acquired Ackergill Tower once again, but through legal means, when it was sold to the Earl of Caithness by the Earl Marischal. However, by 1623 it was under assault once more, when it was beseiged by Sir Robert Gordon during his feud with George Sinclair, 5th Earl of Caithness, but the Sinclairs surrendered the castle before any assault took place. Events January 20 - Mathias becomes Holy Roman Emperor. ... Year 1623 (MDCXXIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Wednesday of the 10-day slower Julian calendar). ...


In 1651, Oliver Cromwell may have used Ackergill Castle to garrison his troops during his siege of the Keith's Dunnottar Castle, as he was hunting for the Honours of Scotland. // Events January 1 - Charles II crowned King of Scotland in Scone. ... Oliver Cromwell (April 25, 1599–September 3, 1658) was an English military and political leader best known for making England a republic and leading the Commonwealth of England. ... Dunnottar Castle Dunnottar Castle is a ruined medieval fortress located upon a rocky outcrop on the north-east coast of Scotland, about two miles south of Stonehaven. ... The Honours of Scotland, also known as the Scottish regalia and the Scottish crown jewels, dating from the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, are the oldest set of Crown Jewels in the British Isles. ...


In 1676, John Campbell, 2nd Earl of Breadalbane and Holland took possession of Ackergill Tower in repayment of debts owed by the Sinclairs. Events January 29 - Feodor III becomes Tsar of Russia First measurement of the speed of light, by Ole Rømer Bacons Rebellion Russo-Turkish Wars commence. ...


The Dunbars

John Campbell put Ackergill Tower up for sale in 1699, and it was bought by Sir William Dunbar of Hempriggs. The Dunbars began extensive renovations, including the addition of a lean-to-shaped extension to the tower and numerous other changes carried out by the architect David Bryce on behalf of George Sutherland Dunbar, 7th Lord Duffus. It remained in the hands of the Dunbars of Hempriggs until 1986, when it was sold. Events January 26 - Treaty of Karlowitz signed March 30 - the tenth Sikh Master, Guru Gobind Singh created the Khalsa. ... A lean-to is term used for two similar, yet different objects. ... David Bryce (1803-1876) was a Scottish architect. ...


The Castle today

The castle was purchased from the Dunbars in 1986, and underwent a two-year period of restoration work before opening as a hotel and business venue. 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


External Links

  • Caithness.org’s Ackergill Tower page
  • Ackergill Tower’s official website

 
 

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