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By 13th February 2022 No Comments

Thurso Castle

An aquatint print by William Daniell. Daniell was in Thurso in 1818 so it’s presumably from around that date. Although it is called Castle Hill near Thurso the view is of the western end of the village that is now called Castletown. The main building in the print no longer exists but the stone wall is still there and the building on the right is now used as a boat house for Castletown Harbour. The harbour was built in the 1820s (just after this print was produced), for James Traill who then owned the house, the harbour was built to ship Caithness flag stones from Castlehill quarry near by. The view is looking west from the Dunnet direction towards Thurso and the jut of land in the far right of the frame is the western edge of Dunnet head.

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