Castell Bugad

Has been described as a Rejected Timber Castle (Other/Unknown)

There are earthwork remains

NameCastell Bugad
Alternative Names
Historic CountryCardiganshire
Modern AuthorityCeredigion
1974 AuthorityDyfed

A natural knoll, once thought to be a motte: may be connected with 'Gwestfa Kestyll Bygeyd' (Dodgshon 1994 in Cardigan. County Hist. I, 348). 'Two long barrels of fire arms' were reportedly found 'buried in the sand & gravel of the mound' (Davies in Trans. Cardigan. Ant. Soc. 9 (1933), 35). Following ploughing (Sept. 2001) the site produced quantities of rubble, some with mortar adhering, and a sherd of early post medieval (? 17th century) pottery. (Coflein)

Gatehouse Comments

This site has been considered by some writers to be a castle but is rejected as such by Hogg and King and Davis as natural.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

The National Monument Record (Coflein) number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSN591482
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  • Davis, Paul, 2000, A Company of Forts. A Guide to the Medieval Castles of West Wales (Gomer Press) p. 45 (reject)
  • King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 1 p. 49 (reject)
  • Beresford, M., 1967, New Towns of the Middle Ages


  • Hogg, A.H.A. and King, D.J.C., 1963, 'Early castles in Wales and the Marches: a preliminary list' Archaeologia Cambrensis Vol. 112 p. 77-124 (reject as natural)
  • Davies, D.E., 1933, 'Recent finds in Cardiganshire' Transactions of the Cardiganshire Antiquarian Society Vol. 9 p. 35 online copy