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Site of Castle of Morphie Site of Castle of Morphie Charles Peter (Canterland)
James Adamson (Morphie)
027.05 "On the South side of the Den of Morphy Stood another ancient Castle, the seat of the family of Graham, in whose possession the estate of Morphy has been for several Centuries. It was once a place of considerable strength, and secured from the attacks of an enemy by a ditch and draw bridge, according to the genius of those days, but now few remains of it are to be seen." (Old Stat. Act. [Statistical Account] Vol. [Volume] II P [page] 104-5.)

"Another fortress in the parish was the Castle of Morphy, on the property of Francis Graham Esqr, and said to have been a residence of the noble family of that name, it is believed to have been a place of some strength, was defended by a wall, ditch, and drawbridge, and occupied a commanding position on the brink of a romantic ravine uniting with the valley of the North Esk. Its site is now a ploughed field." (New Stat. Act [Statistical Account] P. [page] 281)
Every vestige of the Castle is now destroyed , and no trace of the ditch is to be seen. Mr Adamson the Tenant on the ground, who pointed out the site, states that he took out the the foundation walls some years ago. The site is on the South Side of the Den of Morphie, and on the top of a steep bank, the slope of which would be a formidable defence to the Castle on two of its sides. There is an Old Irish Yew tree, (now dead) standing near the site, and it is supposed to have stood in the Castle Garden. Mr Adamson stated that the yew tree is supposed to be 600 years old, the wood is so hard that a Rifle Ball will scarcely penetrate it.

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