Farnell, Angus, Scotland
Kinnaird Castle, Brechin is the home to the Carnegie family (Earl and Countess of Southesk). The castle was built in the 15th century and has been in the family for over 600 years and is now and is now Victorian baronial style. The castle has conical turrets, steep roofs, and armorial decorations. Most of the second floor of the castle has been transformed into two luxury holiday apartments. Kinnaird Castle is set amongst 1300 acres of walled parkland where herds of Highland cattle and fallow-deer roam. There are also formal gardens, a lake, and riverside walks alongside salmon-fishing pools.
The castle was burnt down in 1452 after the battle of Brechin. The Carnegies were on the winning side supporting the King. However, after the royalist forces withdrew, the Earl of Crawford took revenge on those who had fought against him and destroyed the castle. In 1617, King James VI stayed at Kinnaird on a visit to Scotland. Kinnaird Castle was also visited by Charles I and Charles II. The Castle's most famous resident was James, Marquis of Montrose who spent 3 years there from 1629. He led the Royal army in the Civil War in the 1640's, winning numerous battles. Eventually he was betrayed and captured and taken to Edinburgh where he was hung, drawn and quartered.In the winter of 1715 the Old Pretender spent some time at the castle. As punishment for supporting the 1715 Jacobite Rebellion, the Carnegie family had their estate confiscated. The estate was bought back by the closest living descendant in 1764 and the Castle transformed by the architect, James Playfair in 1791 into a large handsome house. The family titles were regained in 1855 and the 9th Earl had the house remodeled in Victorian baronial style. In 1921, the castle was largely burnt to the ground, and rebuilt again.
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