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Licklyhead Castle, Aberdeenshire.
Licklyhead Castle, former residence of William Seton of Blair © 2002

Licklyhead Castle is another good example of a fortified Laird's house.  It was for sometime a small fortalice of the Setons of Blair, and William Seton of Blair who was a Burgess of Aberdeen in 1595 was a superior of Licklyhead.  Originally constructed in the mid 16th century by the Leith family it passed from the Seton's to the Leith's.  Patrick Leith sold Licklyhead to William Forbes, fiar of Leslie in 1625 and it afterwards passed through the families of Hay, Duff, Gordon and others.  The castle, somewhat moderized and added to, still retains it's ancient character.

The building conforms to the L-plan with a main block of three storeys and an attic running E to W and 2 two-storied circular turrets with conical roofs along the west projecting northwards, with an attached wing projecting southwards, so as to provide two entrant angles, and there is a circular stair tower corbelled out at the W entrant angle. The walling, now harled, is plain and roughcast and the gables crowstepped. Licklyhead is still in use as a private residence.

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