Supposed to be the first Z plan castle, the 5 storeys of Ballindalloch were built in 1546.  It was restored in 1645 after it had been plundered and burned by James Graham, the first marquess of Montrose.  Subsequently extensions were added in 1770 by General James Grant who fought in the American Wars of Independence and in 1850 by the architect Thomas MacKenzie.  Further extensions carried out in 1878 were mostly demolished during modernisations in 1965.  The house has been continuously occupied by the Russell and Macpherson-Grant families throughout its existence.

Why not join me at Ballindalloch and other Great Scottish Castles this Spring?  Information on tours at Scholarly Sojourns.


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