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 Castles of Scotland - Claypotts Castle






Location
Dundee, City of Dundee, Scotland

Description
Claypotts Castle is a located one mile north-west of Broughty Ferry, near Dundee on the east coast of Scotland. The castle is a Z-plan tower house, with a rectangular block with round towers at two of the diagonally opposite corners. This was a popular design in the sixteenth century and allowed for defenders to fire along the faces of the main block from both towers. Claypotts was more of a residential building than a defensive structure though. There are two turnpike stairs (one for the family, one for the staff) in the angles created by the towers. The domestic stair runs right from ground level to the attic. The towers are fairly plain until they reach the square garret chambers perched at the top. It is now in the care of Historic Scotland.

History
The castle was originally built by John Strachan between 1569 and 1588. In 1601 the Strachan family sold the castle to Sir William Graham of Ballunie who later sold it to Sir William Graham of Claverhouse. The castle became the property of the crown in 1689 after the death of the then current owner Viscount Dundee John Graham of Claverhouse at the battle of Killiecrankie. In 1694 the castle was gifted to James Douglas, 2nd Marquess of Douglas. Ownership later passed to the 13th Earl of Home through marriage who later gifted the castle to the state in 1926.


Other Castles in the Area
  Ballinbreich Castle, Fife
  Broughty Castle, City of Dundee
  Collairnie Castle, Fife
  Dairsie Castle, Fife
  Denmylne Castle, Fife
  Dudhope Castle, City of Dundee
  Ethie Castle, Angus
  Falkland Palace, Fife
  Fernie Castle, Fife
  Fingask Castle, Perth and Kinross
  Glamis Castle, Angus
  Kellie Castle, Fife
  Kinnaird Castle, Angus
  Kinnaird Castle, Perth and Kinross
  Lordscairnie Castle, Fife
  Myres Castle, Fife
  Pittarthie Castle, Fife
  Scotstarvit Tower, Fife
  St Andrews Castle, Fife







St Andrews Castle
Claypotts Castle, Dundee

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St Andrews Castle
Claypotts Castle, Dundee

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