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Old House Of Orchil

House (18th Century)

Site Name Old House Of Orchil

Classification House (18th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Orchil Old Mansion House

Canmore ID 268468

Site Number NN81SE 40.05

NGR NN 86655 11469

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Perth And Kinross
  • Parish Ardoch
  • Former Region Tayside
  • Former District Perth And Kinross
  • Former County Perthshire

Archaeology Notes

NN81SE 40.05 86655 11469


National Archive of Scotland

Possible reference to Orchil.

Opinions sought "about Orchil".

Letter informing Mr Hay of Drumelzier and George Paterson* that Lord Hopetoun would be at Buchanon in mid April and asking them to attend to discuss what is to be done.

Scroll letter from David Graeme of Orchill.

1772 GD220/5/1775

*George Paterson, Architect, d. 1789.

Architecture Notes


The date of construction is unknown.

National Library of Scotland

The 1583-1596 Pont 21 Lower Glen Almond; Strathearn map indicates a structure at Orchill.

National Records of Scotland

The lands and manor house of Orchill are listed in a contract dated 31 July 1668 between James, Marquess of Montrose and James Graham of Orchill.

The 1694 Hearth Tax Records for Perthshire state there were 8 hearths ‘In the Mannor place of Orchill’



Scottish Development Department

In 1868-1869 a new house was built, also referred to as Orchill (see Canmore ID 163558), on a virgin site near the old house.


June, 1968


The Barony of Orchill dates back to the period 1560 when the second Earl of Montrose (Inchbrakie's brother) settled the lands of Orchill and Rothearnes on his third son Mungo Graeme. Mungo's charter of Rothearnes, Burke's Peerage states, is 1547 - a second charter is dated 1560 (the lands of Orchill and Gavrock), this latter was only a retour charter.

The lands of Orchill remained in the Graeme/Graham family until the late 19th century.

Graeme, L. G. (1903). Page(s): 432-453

National Records of Scotland

The architect James Gillespie married Margaret Ann Graham, heiress of Orchill in 1815, and took the surname Graham. The couple inherit Orchill from Margaret's father William Graham in 1825.

OPR 685-2/19, page 35



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