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Location
between Huntly and Banff, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Description
Kinnairdy Castle is situated in the Deveron Valley at Bridge of Marnoch, between Turriff and Keith, Aberdeenshire. It is tower house dating back to the 14th century, originally built by the Innes family. The castle is owned again by the Innes family. The castle consists of a stone tower which dates to around the 14th century and a Palace, built in the 16th century. The Palace was renovated recently with work completed in 2002. Kinnairdy is available as self catering accommodation for up to eight people. Kinnairdy Castle is owned by Colin Innes, Baron of Aberchirder, and is looked after by a resident caretaker. Viewings are strictly by prior arrangement.

History
The present castle replaced a wooden motte and bailey structure in the 14th century. During the latter part of the 14 century Kinnairdy came into the ownership of the Innes family. In 1627 Sir Robert Innes, the 20th chief, sold Kinnairdy to Sir James Crichton of Frendraught. In the 17th century it was taken over by the Gregory family, although the change of hands involved a legal dispute and murder of one of the Gregory sons. Kinnairdy Castle was the 17th century home of the Gregory family, an academic family that produced 12 professors including David Gregory, the inventor of the barometer. In 1704 the Gregory family sold the Castle to Thomas Donaldson, a merchant in Elgin, who transformed Kinnairdy from a mediaeval fortress to a 17th century style country house. Sir Thomas Innes of Learney, (Lord Lyon King of Arms 1945 - 69) bought it in 1923.


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  Craigston Castle, Aberdeenshire
  Delgatie Castle, Aberdeenshire
  Dunnideer Castle, Aberdeenshire
  Eden Castle, Aberdeenshire
  Findlater Castle, Aberdeenshire
  Fordyce Castle, Aberdeenshire
  Fyvie Castle, Aberdeenshire
  Harthill Castle, Aberdeenshire
  Huntly Castle, Aberdeenshire
  Leslie Castle, Aberdeenshire
  Licklyhead Castle, Aberdeenshire
  Towie Barclay Castle, Aberdeenshire







Towie Barclay Castle
Kinnairdy Castle

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