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Haddo House

Aberdeen & Gordon: About 6 miles north-west of Ellon, on minor roads south of B9005 or east of B9170, 1 mile south of River Ythan, at Haddo House.

 

NTS   NJ 868347   OS: 30   AB41 0ER

 

OPEN: Open Apr-Jun & Sep-late Oct, Fri-Mon; Jul-Aug, daily – guided tours at 11.30, 13.30 and 15.30; shop and tearoom, open Apr-late Oct, daily; Oct-early Apr, Sat & Sun only. Weddings and events.
Tel: 01651 851440   Web: www.nts.org.uk

 

Haddo Country Park: visithaddo.com

Haddo estate: haddoestate.com

Haddo House is an impressive classical mansion with a fine interior in gardens and landscaped policies, long held by the Gordons and near Ellon in Aberdeenshire in northeast Scotland. Haddo House (© Joyce Miller)

Nothing survives of a castle of the Gordons, who had held the lands from 1429. The present Haddo House is an impressive although somewhat plain classical mansion rising to two storeys over a raised basement of 1731-6 with two sweeping wings. It was remodelled in the 1880s.

Haddo House is an impressive classical mansion with a fine interior in gardens and landscaped policies, long held by the Gordons and near Ellon in Aberdeenshire in northeast Scotland. Haddo House (old engraving)

Patrick Gordon of Haddo was killed at the Battle of Arbroath in 1446, and the family had an aisle at Tarves. In 1644 Sir John Gordon of Haddo, who was made a baronet of Nova Scotia in 1642, had been active with the Marquis of Montrose, was captured after being besieged in the castle (or at Kellie) for three days. He was imprisoned in ‘Haddo’s Hole’ in St Giles Cathedral before being executed by beheading. The castle was destroyed. His son Sir George, however, became Lord Chancellor of Scotland and Earl of Aberdeen in 1684. 

Haddo House is an impressive classical mansion with a fine interior in gardens and landscaped policies, long held by the Gordons and near Ellon in Aberdeenshire in northeast Scotland. Haddo House and the Earl of Aberdeen (old postcard)

The house was built for William Gordon, 2nd Earl of Aberdeen, by the architect William Adam. George, 4th Earl, was Prime Minister but resigned in 1854. John, 7th Earl, was made Marquis of Aberdeen and Temair in 1915 after being Lord Lieutenant of Ireland and Governor General of Canada. The Gordon Marquesses of Aberdeen and Temair and Earls of Haddo, now live in Berkshire in England.

Haddo House is an impressive classical mansion with a fine interior in gardens and landscaped policies, long held by the Gordons and near Ellon in Aberdeenshire in northeast Scotland. Haddo House (old engraving)

The Premier’s Bedroom is reputed to be haunted by the ghost of Lord Archibald Gordon, who was son of the Marquis of Aberdeen and was killed in 1909 in one of the first car accidents in Britain.
  There is a fine terraced garden and adjacent country park, which is run by Aberdeeenshire Council, with cafe and shop. Gight Castle is in the policies of the Haddo estate.

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