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Corgarff Castle

August 11, 1997
Corgarff, Aberdeenshire
Map Reference: NJ 255 086

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[Grampian Region]
Corgarff Castle

This castle is out in the remote area of Strathdon. The structure has been completely restored to it's original status. It has a star shaped curtain wall for defense.

The castle was built in the 16th century and last occupied in 1912 by two sisters called The Castle Ladies in a photo. The castle was turned over to the state in 1961 for preservation.

Corgarff was used by the Jacobites as supply storage for powder, muskets and ammunition. It was later retaken for the government and eventually turned into a garrison outpost.

The Castle Tragedy of 1571
A troup of men led by Adam Gordon went to take the castle for Mary, Queen of Scots. The laird was away and his wife, Margaret Forbes, refused entry to the men. Adam Gordon then attacked the castle and set it on fire causing the inhabitants to burn to death. About 24 people died in the fire.

To the left is a corner of the distillery.
Corgarff Castle : Brewery