Rait Castle
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Location near Nairn, Scotland, UK   map
Date 1300   timeline
Building Type hall house, castle
 Construction System stone bearing masonry
Climate temperate
Context rural
Style Medieval English
Notes Classic Scottish castle, now partially in ruins.




Discussion Rait Castle Commentary

Rait is an example of a hall house, or a small defensible dwelling "whose analogy is the fortified manor-house of England."

— Deborah Fritz from Stewart Cruden. The Scottish Castle. p91.

"They [hall houses] are not towers, and they are unconnected with curtain-walls. To distinguish them from strongholds which are characterised by one or other or both of these basic components, and particularly to distinguish them from tower-houses, which are also independent and free-standing, we might conveniently call them hall-houses."

"Rait is an oblong hall over an unvaulted undercroft. A round tower rising from a spreading base projects from one corner. The elevated entrance led into a screens passage separated from the hall by a timber screen, now vanished...Off this a small lancet window permitted the porter to observe the approach. The doorway is arched in receding orders of broad splays beneath a label mould. A portcullis and draw-bar secured it."

— Stewart Cruden. The Scottish Castle. p91, p97-8.

Sources on Rait Castle

Roger H. Clark and Michael Pause. Precedents in Architecture. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1985. circle and rectangle diagram, p186. — Updated edition available at

Stewart Cruden. The Scottish Castle. London: Thomas Nelson and Sons, 1960. DA875.C7. discussion p91, 97-8. plan drawing of first floor, f10, p97.

E. A. Elders. "Ghost Piper of a Highland Castle", Country Life, October 1962, Volume 132 Number 3423. p831.

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at  Find books about Rait Castle


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