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Entrance, view from East South East Digital image of D/31653/cn

SC 757477

Description Entrance, view from East South East Digital image of D/31653/cn

Date 13/5/1998

Collection RCAHMS

Catalogue Number SC 757477

Category On-line Digital Images

Copy of D 31653 CN

Scope and Content Ice House, Cluny Castle, Highland, from east-south-east This shows the segmental-arched entrance of the ice house, which was entered down a flight of steps and was divided into two chambers by a stone wall. The ice house was probably built in the early 19th century and in the background is part of the east front of the main block of the castle which is battlemented and has bartizans (small turrets) at its corners. Ice houses were underground or semi-subterranean masonry structures which were filled with ice and sealed during the winter. The ice was removed as needed during the summer and used for preserving food, cooling drinks and for medicinal purposes. The ice houses would be emptied and cleaned during the autumn. Cluny Castle was built in 1805 for the Macphersons of Cluny and stands on the site of an earlier castle which was destroyed by fire in 1746. William Laidlaw Carruthers, Inverness, designed the north-west wing and the Queen Anne Revival-style porch c.1890. Many of the estate buildings were also built when the castle was rebuilt, including gate lodges, stables, meal mill, saw mill and walled gardens. Source: RCAHMS contribution to SCRAN.


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