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Recording Your Heritage Online

Event ID 563258

Category Descriptive Accounts

Type Recording Your Heritage Online


Castle of Balquhain, 15th century; rebuilt 1530. A grand Leslie seat, somewhat reduced but impressive in the scale of enclosure and the height of its brooding tower. Queen Mary stayed here in 1562 during her pursuit of the Gordons. The castle had been rebuilt a generation before for Sir William Leslie, although the blank lower walls (6ft thick) and the vaults of the great keep are clearly early. This is now split in two, although still standing to four storeys.

Of the 200 feet of frontage of outbuildings, only part of a round tower and overgrown foundations survive.

Taken from "Aberdeenshire: Donside and Strathbogie - An Illustrated Architectural Guide", by Ian Shepherd, 2006. Published by the Rutland Press

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