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near Auchmithie, Angus, Scotland

Ethie Castle is situated around 3 miles north of the fishing town of Arbroath in Angus. The castle was built around 1300 when a sandstone keep was built by the Abbot and monks of Arbroath Abbey. The castle was later owned by the de Maxwell family, and then by Scotland's last Cardinal, David Beaton who was murdered in St. Andrews in 1546. The castle was purchased in 1665 by the Carnegie family, who later became the Earls of Northesk, and was owned by them through to 1928. The castle is presently owned by the de Morgan family and has been converted for use as a hotel.

The Arts
The castle is reputed to be the basis for the fictional Castle of Knockwhinnock in Sir Walter Scott's novel The Antiquary. Sir Walter Scott was a close friend of William Carnegie, 8th Earl of Northesk and frequently stayed at Ethie Castle.

It is said that the monks of Arbroath concealed a treasury of church vessels, plates and vestments in the walls of Ethie Castle for safekeeping.

Other Castles in the Area
  Broughty Castle, City of Dundee
  Claypotts Castle, City of Dundee
  Edzell Castle, Angus
  Kinnaird Castle, Angus

Kinnaird Castle
Ethie Castle now offers accommodation and function facilities.

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