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 Castles of Scotland - Craigend Castle






Location
Near Mugdock, East Dunbartonshire, Scotland

Description
Craigend Castle is a ruined country house built as a Regency Gothic mansion, located to the north of Milngavie, in East Dunbartonshire, central Scotland. The grounds are now part of Mugdock Country Park. The stable block, located to the north of the house serves as the country park visitor centre.

History
The lands of Craigend were part of the Barony of Mugdock in medieval times. The estate was sold in the mid-17th century to the Smith family. John Smith (1724-1812) was born at Craigend and became a merchant and founded the booksellers John Smith & Son. John Smith built a plain house on the estate, but after his death his son, James Smith, incorporated that house in a much more ornate mansion. Glasgow businessman William Wilson and his son opened a zoo at Craigend in 1949 with various exotic animals. It failed and closed in 1954.


Other Castles in the Area
  Barr Castle, Renfrewshire
  Bedlay Castle, Lanarkshire
  Bothwell Castle, Lanarkshire
  Buchanan Castle, Stirling
  Cadzow Castle, Lanarkshire
  Culcreuch Castle, Stirling
  Doune Castle, Stirling
  Duchal Castle, Inverclyde
  Dumbarton Castle, Dunbartonshire
  Gilbertfield Castle, Lanarkshire
  Johnstone Castle, Renfrewshire
  Mugdock Castle, Glasgow
  Newark Castle, Renfrewshire
  Stanely Castle, Renfrewshire
  Stirling Castle, Stirling







Stirling Castle
Ruins of Craigend Castle, Mugdock Country Park, near Milngavie, Scotland.

Photograph by Supergolden. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

Stirling Castle
Ruins of Craigend Castle, Mugdock Country Park, near Milngavie, Scotland.

Photograph by Supergolden. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)


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