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Elcho Castle. General view from South-West. Digital image of PT 2187

SC 798678

Description Elcho Castle. General view from South-West. Digital image of PT 2187

Date 21/5/1939

Collection Ian G Lindsay

Catalogue Number SC 798678

Category On-line Digital Images

Copy of PT 2187

Scope and Content Elcho Castle, Perth & Kinross, from south-west This view from the south-west, taken in 1939, shows the west and part of the south frontage of the castle. The corner tower contains a large spiral stair giving access to the upper levels of the building. Note the wrought-iron grilles over the upper windows, a common feature in great houses of the period which rarely survives. Elcho Castle is one of a generation of houses designed for comfortable living, but capable of defence against intruders armed with hand-guns. It was given into State care in 1929 by the 11th Earl of Wemyss and March, and has since been consolidated. Now in the care of Historic Scotland, it is open to the public. Elcho Castle appears to have been built in the late 16th century, either for Sir John Wemyss of Wemyss or his son David. It is comparable in plan with a number of other houses of the period, but is more ornamented than many. It is remarkably intact, roofed, and with its original window grilles. Source: RCAHMS contribution to SCRAN.


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