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Photographic copy of drawing of Ruthven Castle from North.

PTD 58/6 P

Description Photographic copy of drawing of Ruthven Castle from North.

Date 1849

Collection Society of Antiquaries of Scotland

Catalogue Number PTD 58/6 P

Category Photographs and Off-line Digital Images

Copies SC 566236

Scope and Content Photographic copy of pencil drawing of Huntingtower Castle, Castle Brae, Ruthvenfield, Perth & Kinross This pencil drawing by James Drummond in 1849 shows the original tower to the left (built in the 15th century), above the single-storeyed range. This tower was remodelled in about 1500, when the west tower, to the right in this view, was added. The lower three-storeyed link block was added in the 17th century. The first-floor hall in the eastern tower has a painted ceiling installed in about 1540, probably the oldest Renaissance decoration of this type in Scotland. The castle was used in the 18th century as a dower house by the Dukes of Atholl, and then divided into apartments for calico printers. It was given into State care in 1912, and is now open to the public by Historic Scotland. Huntingtower Castle was known as the House or Place of Ruthven until 1600, when the estate was forfeited to the Crown after the death of the then owner, the 3rd Earl of Gowrie and his brother in an unsuccessful attempt on the life of James VI. The name of the lands and castle was then changed to 'Huntingtour'. Source: RCAHMS contribution to SCRAN.

External Reference SAS 386


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