Dingwall Castle was a medieval fort and royal castle in the town of
Dingwall, eastern Ross-shire, Scotland.
The castle is believed to have been established by Norse settlers in
the area in the 11th century.
1 Wars of Scottish Independence
2 Murder in the Castle
4 Lord of the Isles occupation
5 16th century
9 External links
Wars of Scottish Independence
Wars of Scottish Independence
Wars of Scottish Independence the castle was garrisoned by
the forces of king Edward I of England. However it was later captured
by Scottish forces for king Robert I of
Scotland (Robert the Bruce)
led by Uilleam II, Earl of Ross.
From the castle, the
Earl of Ross (chief of Clan Ross) led the men of
Ross to fight against the English at the
Battle of Bannockburn
Battle of Bannockburn in
1314. As a reward in 1321 King Robert granted
Dingwall Castle with the
town and lands of
Dingwall to the Earl of Ross.
Murder in the Castle
Clan Sutherland feud
Feuds between the Mackays and the de Moravia/Sutherland Earls of
Feuds between the Mackays and the Gordon Earls of Sutherland:
Feuds between the Mackays and cadet branches of the de
Moravia/Sutherland Earls of Sutherland:
Apprehension of Sutherland of Dirlot
Feud with Sutherland of Duffus
These broken walls are the only remaining ruins of the original
In 1370 a feud arose between William de Moravia, 5th Earl of
Sutherland (chief of Clan Sutherland) and Iye Mackay, 4th of
Strathnaver (chief of Clan Mackay). A meeting was arranged for them to
Dingwall Castle to resolve their issues. However, Iye
Mackay and his son Donald Mackay were both murdered in the castle
while they were asleep by Nicholas Sutherland, brother of the Earl of
Sutherland. See page:
Iye Mackay, 4th of Strathnaver
Iye Mackay, 4th of Strathnaver for a detailed
explanation of the feud.
Sometime at the beginning of the 15th century a duel is said to have
taken place between the governor of the castle, who had been appointed
Robert Stewart, Duke of Albany
Robert Stewart, Duke of Albany and Thomas Munro, brother of Hugh
Munro, 9th Baron of Foulis (chief of Clan Munro). The two met at the
Maryburgh and after an argument dirks were pulled and a
duel took place in which Thomas Munro killed the governor of Dingwall
Castle. The Scottish Castles Association states that the new
governor of the castle was "assassinated" by one of the Munroes and
replaced by a Mackay.
Lord of the Isles occupation
Domhnall of Islay, Lord of the Isles
Domhnall of Islay, Lord of the Isles (chief of Clan Donald)
Dingwall Castle as part of his attempt to seize the title of
the Earldom of Ross. This took place shortly before the Battle of
In 1438 the next successive
Clan Donald chief, Alexander of Islay,
Earl of Ross was officially recognised as the
Earl of Ross and took up
his residence at
Dingwall Castle. His son, John of Islay, Earl of Ross
was not as successful; the Earldom of Ross was confiscated from him
and the castle became a royal possession once more in 1475. John
Munro, 11th Baron of Foulis was then made governor of the castle, who
in turn was succeeded by Andrew Munro, 2nd of Milntown. The next
governor in 1488 was Sir James Dunbar.
In 1507 Andrew Stewart,
Bishop of Caithness
Bishop of Caithness carried out improvements
after the castle had been assaulted by the MacDonalds and
Mackenzies. Later governors were John Stewart, 2nd Earl of Atholl
(1516 - 1522), John Earl of Moray - brother of king James V of
Scotland, David Sinclair - until 1550, George Munro, 4th of Milntown
also known as "of Docharty" in 1561, Sir Andrew Keith (Lord Dingwall)
in 1584, Sir John Preston
Earl of Desmond
Earl of Desmond in 1605.
The Crown abandoned
Dingwall Castle in about 1600 and it eventually
fell into a ruin. The castle ceased to be maintained after the death
of king James VI of
Scotland in 1625. It was used as a quarry until
1817 when it was finally levelled and only a few fragments remain.
The remains are protected as a scheduled monument. 
A tunnel still exists that runs from the site of
Dingwall Castle to
the basement of nearby Tulloch Castle. The tunnel has now collapsed,
but it is possible to view this passageway through an air vent on the
front lawn of Tulloch Castle's grounds.
^ a b c d e David MacDonald. "A Bríef History of Dingwall". Dingwall
Website. Retrieved 15 November 2010.
^ a b History of the House and Clan of Mackay by Robert Mackay (1829),
p.47: Quoting A Genealogical History of the Earldom of Sutherland by
Sir Robert Gordon (1580–1656).
^ Mackenzie, Alexander. (1898). History of the Munros of Fowlis p. 12.
^ a b c d e f Scottish Castles Association. "
Dingwall Castle at the
Association for Scottish Castles". www.scottishcastlesassociation.com.
Archived from the original on 7 September 2014. Retrieved 31 March
^ Anderson, William (1862), The Scottish nation: or, The surnames,
families, literature, honours, and biographical history of the people
of Scotland, Fullarton, p. 37-8.
Dingwall Castle, 20m SW of The Castle House SM9678". Historic
Environment Scotland. Retrieved 10 October 2017.
Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland:
Coordinates: 57°35′52″N 4°25′19″W / 57.59770°N