THIS volume is based upon the lectures under
the Rhind Bequest which, by invitation of the
Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, were delivered by the author in the early part of 1926. The
material has been revised and considerably amplified.
Obviously it would be impossible to find place
,within the compass of this book for even an allusion
to every castellated building in Scotland still in
existence. Nor could any example be exhaustively
treated. For these requirements one must go to such
sources as the five volumes by Messrs. McGibbon and
Ross on The Castellated and Domestic Architecture of
Scotland, or the county Inventories, as they appear,
of the Royal Commission on Ancient and Historical
Monuments of Scotland, or the few independent monographs
on particular castles.
The chapters which follow constitute a more general
treatment of the subject as a whole, though affording
sufficient detail, it is believed, to render any particular
example more intelligible to the ordinary observer.
The author, however, has handled the material on
rather different lines from those more recently followed.
At some places, too, divergences from accepted conclusions
will be found ; while there may be discerned
throughout a deliberate abstention from the use of
the so- popular term " keep." Fuller discussion of the
more important doubts or differences has been relegated
The main fundamental principle introduced is that
formulated as the palace plan. It is claimed to account
for both the new type of structure that appears with
the fifteenth century and the use of the term palace as
applied in Scotland to a whole class of buildings, a use
of which no explanation has hitherto been offered or
even thought necessary.
The specific subject of the, book is the Castles of
Scotland, but it must not be forgotten that these constituted
merely a province in the castle building area
of western Europe. Scotland invented nothing in this
field, though of course it moulded what it borrowed to
its own desires. Thus, however, references to such
structures elsewhere become necessary in the course of
explanation. That more have not been made is due to
the limited extent of the volume.