The Castles of Scotland by Martin Coventry | Goblinshead | A comprehensive guide to 4,100 castles, towers, historic houses, stately homes and family lands
The Castles of Scotland by Martin Coventry | Goblinshead | A comprehensive guide to 4,100 castles, towers, historic houses, stately homes and family lands
The ‘Bible of Scottish Castles’…now available!
The ‘Bible of Scottish Castles’…now available! 

Corgarff Castle

Aberdeen & Gordon: About 10 miles north-west of Ballater, on minor roads west of A939, south of River Don, 1.5 miles west of Corgarff village.

 

HES   NJ 255086   OS: 37   AB36 8YP

 

OPEN: Open Apr-Sep, daily 9.30-17.30.
Tel: 01975 651460   Web: www.historicenvironment.scot

Corgarff Castle (© Martin Coventry)

In a remote, windswept but attractive spot, Corgarff Castle consists of a much-altered 16th-century tower house, rectangular in plan, of four storeys. The tower has later pavilions and star-shaped outworks, and stands in a prominent position.

Corgarff Castle (© Martin Coventry)

  Corgarff was used as a hunting lodge by the Earls of Mar, but passed to the Forbeses. The Forbeses feuded with the Gordons, and this came to a head in 1571 when Adam Gordon of Auchindoun and a force of his family ravaged through Forbes lands and besieged the castle. Corgarff was held by Margaret Campbell, wife of Forbes of Towie, and 26 others of her household, women, children and servants, as the menfolk were away. Margaret, however, would not surrender the castle. Gordon of Auchindoun lost patience after she had shot one of Gordon’s men in the knee with a pistol. He had wood and kindling set against the building, and torched the place. The building went up in flames, killing everyone inside. The story is recounted in the ballad ‘Edom o’ Gordon’, although Towie Castle is given as another possible site of the slaughter.

Corgarff Castle (MacGibbon and Ross)

  The Erskine Earls of Mar acquired the lands in 1626. The castle was used as a mustering point by the Marquis of Montrose for his campaign in 1645. It was burnt by Jacobites in 1689 so that it could not be used by Government forces, and again in 1716 by Hanoverians to punish the Earl of Mar, who was forfeited for his part in the Rising. The castle returned to the Forbeses of Skellater.

Corgarff Castle by Laura Ferguson (© Martin Coventry)

  The Jacobites occupied it during the Rising of 1745, this time the Forbeses being forfeited: the tower was torched by retreating Jacobites the following year. In 1748 the government bought Corgarff and altered the buildings, with the addition of the pavilions and star-shaped outworks. Charles Forbes of Auchernach was master of the barracks of Corgarff Castle towards the end of the 18th century. The castle was later used as a base to help stop illicit whisky distilling.
  The castle is said to be haunted, particularly the barrack room, and ghostly screams have reportedly been heard in the castle.

Search also from Menu Bar

(sites, places, clans, names, films, dates)

GOBLINSHEAD ONLINE SHOP

(coming soon…)

Contact

Goblinshead

Cockenzie House
22 Edinburgh Road
Cockenzie

EH32 0HY

 

Email: info@thecastlesofscotland.co.uk

 

Or use our contact form.

Print Print | Sitemap
© Martin Coventry