Caskieben (/kæskˈbɛn/ kahs-KEE-ben; Scottish Gaelic: Gasach beinn "Wooded Hill")[1] Caskieben was a palisaded tower built by the Garviach family during the 12th-century Norman expansion into Scotland. It stood on a low, circular mound surrounded by a 2 metre deep, 15 metre wide moat.

Part of Keith Hall
Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Keith Hall 1909.jpg
Colorized photograph of Keith Hall (Caskieben) near Inverurie, Scotland. Postcard dated June 30th, 1909.
Coordinates57°16′55″N 2°21′12″W / 57.28203425°N 2.35334179°W / 57.28203425; -2.35334179Coordinates: 57°16′55″N 2°21′12″W / 57.28203425°N 2.35334179°W / 57.28203425; -2.35334179
Grid referencegrid reference NJ 7879 2135
Site information
OwnerLord Keith
Controlled byLord Keith
Site history
Built byGarvioch
Battles/warsBattle of Inverurie (1308)

This earlier wooden tower was superseded nearby by a 13th-century stone castle also named Caskieben at first, but later renamed Keith Hall.

Nothing now remains of a structure, but the mound and moat are still visible.[2]


About 1224 Norman de Leslie received the lands of Caskieben and was doubtless the builder of the Anglo-Norman castle which superseded the old tower (NJ72SE 40). The castle of Caskieben that was enlarged after 1662 by the addition of a Renaissance mansion in front, and renamed Keith Hall, was, however, a fine example of the Z-plan castle, a style which probably originated in the district.

Mither Tap has an astronomical alignment with Caskieben, the hill being due west. Dr. Arthur Johnston said[3] "the hill of Benochie, a conical elevation about eight miles distant, casts its shadow over Caskieben at the periods of the equinox."


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