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The Chatelaine's Scottish Castles

Scotland's Castles - Clan & Family Connections

People often ask me what castles and historic houses have connections with their family name.
Here are just a few of the answers I have given so far.
Some of this information comes from Martin Coventry's book The Castles of Scotland ( ISBN 1-899874-26-7 ).

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The Abernethy family has connections with
Mayen House (6 miles NE of Huntly)
Rothiemay
Saltoun Hall
Hawthornden Castle

The Arbuthnott family has connections with
Arbuthnott House in the village of Arbuthnott between Stonehaven and Montrose. Gardens open to the public all year. House is open on special occasions (contact the owners, phone +44 1561 361 226).
Castle of Fiddes was once held by the Arbuthnotts but sold in the late 17th century. Now a farmhouse restored in the 1960s. 4 miles SW of Stonehaven.
Findrowie Castle demolished in the 19th century. 3 miles from Brechin.
Keith Inch Tower near Peterhead. After 1715 it was bought by the Arbuthnotts who built a new house. Little or nothing remains of the tower now.

Boyd family
Badenheath Castle
Bedlay Castle
Dean Castle
Kipps Castle
Law Castle
Penkill Castle
Portencross Castle
Trabboch Castle
Traquair House

Bruce family related buildings
Airth Castle
Annan Castle
Arkendeith Tower
Auchenbowrie House
Balcaskie House
Broomhall
Bruce's Castle
Cardross Castle
Carnock House
Clackmannan Tower
Culross Palace
Earlshall
Fingask Castle
Loch Doon Castle
Lochmaben Castle
Muness Castle
Pittarthie Castle
Stenhouse
Thomaston Castle
Tulliallan Castle
Turnberry Castle

Buchanan clan related homes
Arnprior Castle
Auchenreoch Castle
Auchleshie
Bardowie Castle
Boturich Castle
Buchanan Castle
Carbeth House
Carrick House
Craigend Castle
Dunglass Castle
Leny House
Northbar
Ross Priory
Scotscraig

Clan Campbell:
Clan Campbell Society List of Castles
Barcaldine Castle near Oban

Chisholm
Erchless Castle (near Beauly, Inverness):

Comyn family (also Cumming, Cunning):
Altyre House
Auchry Castle
Balvenie Castle
Banff Castle
Bedrule Castle
Blair Castle
Blervie Castle
Cadzow Castle
Cairnbulg Castle
Castle of King Edward
Castle Roy
Cluggy Castle
Comyn's Castle
Cruggleton Castle
Cumbernauld Castle
Dalswinton Castle
Dores Castle
Dundarg Castle
Dunphail Castle
Ellon Castle
Gordonstoun
Inchtalla Castle
Inverallochy Castle (ruin 4 miles SE of Fraserburgh)
>Inverlochy Castle
Kirkintilloch Peel
Lochindorb Castle
Logie House
Mains Castle
Old Slains Castle
Quiech Castle
>Rait Castle
Raploch Castle
Rattray Castle
Rowallan Castle
Ruthven Barracks
Tarradale Castle
Tor Castle
Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness

Crawford family connections
Kilbirnie House, Terringzean Castle, Craufurdland Castle and Loch Doon Castle
Glendevon Castle
Lauriston Castle
Lordscairnie Castle
Loudon Castle and Clan Campbell site
Newark Castle
Almond Castle
Ardmillan Castle
Auchinames Castle
Cartsdyke
Cloberhill
Crosbie Castle
Drongan Castle
Drumry Castle
Farme Castle
Fedderate Castle
Jordanhill
Laight Castle
Law
Lochcote Tower
Mountquharrie Castle

Clan Donald (MacDonald)

Davidson
The ruins of 16th century Greenan Castle at Greenan in Ayrshire (2.5 miles SW of Ayr railway station) stand on the site of an earlier castle which was owned by the Davidsons. As far as I know little or nothing of this original building remains.
Tulloch Castle, 1 mile north of Dingwall (north of Inverness in the eastern Highlands). It belonged to the Bains until 1760 when it passed to the Davidsons who held it until the 20th century. It now operates as a hotel.

Forbes family:
Asloun Castle
Balfluig Castle
Brux Castle
Brunchew House
Byth House
Callendar House
Castle Forbes
Castle Newe
Castle of King Edward
Colinton Castle
Colquhonnie Castle
Corgarff Castle
Corse Castle
Corsindae House
Craigievar Castle
Culloden House (hotel near Inverness)
Dounreay Castle
Druminnor Castle
Foveran Castle
Herbertshire Castle
House of Schivas
Leslie Castle
Lickleyhead Castle
Menie House
Midmar Castle
Monymusk Castle
Newhall Castle
Pitfichie Castle
Pitsligo Castle
Rothiemay Castle
Skellater House
Thornton Castle
Tillycairn Castle
Tolquhon Castle
Towie Castle
Waterton Castle

Clan Forsyth

Graham family castle list
Abercorn Castle
Airth Castle
Ardoch
Auchterarder Castle
Boquhan Castle
Braco Castle
Buchanan Castle
Burleigh Castle
Catter Castle
Claverhouse
Claverhouse Castle
Claypotts Castle
Coldoch
Crookston Castle
Dalkeith House
Darnley Castle
Duchray Castle
Dudhope Castle
Dundaff Castle
Findlay
Fintry Castle
Gartartan Castle
Gillesbie Tower
Graham's Castle
Graham's Walls
Ha' Tower
Hermitage Castle
Inchbrackie Castle
Inchtalla Castle
Kilbryde Castle
Kilbucho Place
Kincardine Castle
Knockdolian Castle
Mains Castle
Morphie
Mugdock Castle
Ogilvie Castle
Old Montrose Castle
Rednock Castle
Skelmorlie Castle
Stapleton Tower
Wester Kames Castle

Grierson family castle list
Barjarg Tower (3.5 miles south of Thornhill at Barjarg in Dumfriesshire)
Lagg Tower (7 miles SE of Moniaive in Dumfriesshire)
Rockhall (6 miles east of Dumfries). Much altered tower house. Sir Robert Grierson lived here during the time of the Covenanters. It is said that his pet monkey haunts the building blowing a whistle. Used to be a hotel but has now been sold and is in private ownership.

Clan Hay

Hume / Home family
Bassendean House
Billie Castle
Bunkie Castle
Claypotts Castle
Cowdenknowes
Deuchar Tower
Dreghorn Castle
Fast Castle
Fulton Tower
Harden
Houndwood Peel
Hume Castle
Hutton Castle
Lee Tower (ruined 16th century tower house at Lee in the Borders)
North Berwick Priory
Preston Tower
Redbraes Castle
Spott House
St. Andrews Castle
The Hirsel (1 mile north of Coldstream in the Borders. The house is closed to the public, but the garden is open all year and there is a museum and craft shop - phone +44 (0)1890 882 965)
Thornton Tower

Irvine and Irving family connections
Auchenrivock Tower (ruin in Dumfriesshire)
Barra Castle (privately owned, 3 miles NE of Inverurie, Aberdeenshire)
Bonshaw Tower
Drum Castle
Drumcoltran Tower (open to the public, Historic Scotland, Galloway)
Kelly Castle (privately owned, 2.5 miles west of Arbroath)
Kingcausie (privately owned, Deeside)
Monboddo House (privately owned, Deeside)
Robgill Tower privately owned, 5 miles NE of Annan)
Stapleton Tower (ruin, 3 miles NE of Annan)
Woodhouse Tower (ruin, 5 miles NE of Annan)

Laurie:
Blackwood House
Maxwelton House
Polmont House

The Lockhart family has associations with the following buildings
(unless otherwise indicated they are in the Glasgow/Lanarkshire area)
Barr Castle (Galston, Ayrshire)
Carnwath House
Carstairs Castle
Cleghorn House
Covington Castle
Craiglockhart Castle
Dean Castle (Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, former Lockhart lands, also connection with the Boyd family)
Dunsyre Castle
Hallbar Tower
Kirkton (location, Kirkton Barns, Fife)
Kirkton of Carluke
The Lee
Waygateshaw House
Westhall Tower
Westshield

MacDowall (mainly Galloway)
Auchness Castle
Castle Semple
Garthland Castle
Heston Island
Logan Tower
Longcastle
Machermore Castle
Old Place of Mochrum
Ravenstone Castle

MacGregor family related buildings
Aberuchill Castle (Perthshire)
Edinample Castle (Stirlingshire)
Glenstrae Castle (2.5 miles NW of Dalmally, Argyll)
Kilchurn Castle
Lanrick Castle (2.5 miles NW of Doune)

Clan MacInnes
Kinlochaline Castle

Mackay related buildings (all located in the far NW of Scotland scattered around Caithness)
Balnakeil House (near Durness, now a private house)
Borve Castle (near Bettyhill, virtually nothing left)
Dirlot Castle (at Dirlot, nothing left)
Dounreay Castle (now derelict, next to the nuclear power station at Dounreay)
House of Tongue (1.5 miles from Tongue)
Loch Stack Castle (7 miles from Scourie, probably nothing left)

Clan Mackenzie
Brahan Castle
Caroline Park House
Castle Leod
Coul House
Dochmaluag Castle
Earlshall
Eilean Donan Castle at Dornie
Fairburn Tower
Flowerdale
Granton Castle
Hatton Castle
Kilcoy Castle
Kinkell Castle
Loch Kinellan
Loch Slin Castle
Newmore Castle
Red Castle
Seaforth
Tarbat House

Clan Mackinnon
Dun Ara (5 miles west of Tobermory, isle of Mull)
Dun Ringill (originally an Iron Age fort, was later used by the Mackinnons on Skye).
In the late 16th century they then moved to Castle Maol which is at Kyleakin on Skye

Clan Mackintosh
Aldourie Castle
Blervie Castle
Castle Stuart
Dalcross Castle
Daviot Castle
Dunachton Castle
Halhill Castle
Loch an Eilean Castle
Moy Castle/Hall (just south of Inverness)
Rait Castle
Tor Castle

Clan MacLachlan

Clan MacLean
Ardtornish Castle
Aros Castle, Isle of Mull
Breachacha Castle, Isle of Coll
Cairnburghbeg Castle
Caisteal nan Con
Castle Loch Heylipol
Castle Spioradain
Drimnin Castle
Duart Castle
Dun Chonnuill / Dunchonnel Castle
Eilean Amalaig Castle
Glen Sanda Castle
Kinlochaline Castle
Moy Castle, Isle of Mull

MacMillan clan:
Castle Sween in Argyll
Finlaystone House (3 miles east of Port Glasgow on the A8, west of Glasgow Airport. House open on Sundays April - August, gardens and grounds open all year. Visitor Centre with Clan MacMillan exhibits, doll museum and Celtic art. Phone 01475 540 285.)

MacNaughton family related buildings
Dubh Loch Castle (on Loch Dubh near Loch Shira about 2 miles NE of Inveraray. Said to have been abandoned because of plague. Little or nothing remains.)
Dunderave Castle (well preserved 16th century L-plan tower house, 3 miles east of Inveraray)
Fraoch Eilean (12th century ruins on an island in Loch Awe, 3.5 miles SW of Dalmally in Argyll)

MacNaughton

Dunderave Castle near Inveraray, Argyll.

MacPherson
Ardblair Castle (near Blairgowrie, Perthshire)
Ballindalloch Castle (near Grantown-on-Spey)
Cluny Castle (near Newtonmore, not far from Aviemore)
Loch Laggan Castle
Mains of Mulben (near Keith, Aberdeenshire)
Newton Castle (near Blairgowrie, Perthshire)

MacRae
Eilean Donan Castle at Dornie
Ochiltree Castle, near Linlithgow

Malcolm family related buildings
Lochore Castle, 3 miles north of Cowdenbeath in Lochore Country Park, Fife, was occupied by the Malcolms of Balbedie in the mid 17th century.
Duntrune Castle, 6.5 miles north west of Lochgilphead in Argyll came to the Malcolms of Poltalloch in 1792.

Morrison:
Colquhar Tower
Conzie Castle
Dairsie Castle
Frendraught Castle
Naughton Castle
Prestongrange House
Also see the Isle of Lewis where many Morrisons still live on the west coast.

Napier:
Merchiston Castle (info and booklet)
Kilmahew Castle
Culcreuch Castle
Affleck Castle
Newark Castle
Lauriston Castle
Ballikinrain Castle
Edinburgh Castle (a Napier was provost of Edinburgh and dwelled there)
Stirling Castle
Dumbarton Castle

Pringle family:
Buckholm Tower (said to be haunted by a Pringle)
Chapelhill
Colmslie Tower
Craigcrook Castle
Greenknowe Tower (owned by Historic Scotland, open all year)
Hoppringle Castle
Old Gala (in Galashiels, now a community and art centre, open March-Nov)
Penkaet Castle
Smailholm Tower (Historic Scotland)
Torsance
Torwoodlee Tower
Whytebank Tower (recently restored as a private residence)
Woodhouse Hill

Rait family related buildings
Halgreen Castle (near Inverbervie, Kincardineshire)
Rait Castle
Red Castle (near Montrose)

Robertson family related buildings
Dunalastair (Kinloch Rannoch, Perthshire) was thought to have been an Robertson place but virtually nothing remains to be seen today.
Pitcastle (near Pitlochry, Perthshire). Now in ruins, it was a house or tower of the Robertsons.

Ross family related buildings
Arnage Castle
Arthurlie House
Auchlossan House
Balgone House
Balnagown Castle
Carscreugh Castle
Castle of King Edward
Cromarty Castle
Hawkhead Castle
Melville Castle
Pitcalnie
Pittheavlis Castle
Portencross Castle
Sanquhar Castle
Shandwick Castle
Stanely Castle

Urquhart clan
Craigston Castle
Castle Craig
Cromarty Castle
Crombie Castle
Meldrum House
Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness

Walker family
Crawfordton Tower (about 1 mile east of Moniaive, in Dumfriesshire, just north of Cairn Water, near Crawfordton. A modern mansion may stand on the site of a tower. It was held by the Walkers in the 19th century.)

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If you don't find the name you are looking for, then contact me
or consult the database of
the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland

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