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Inspired by a visit to the National Museum of Scotland in #Edinburgh, where there is a 17th century carved stone panel from Cromarty Castle, recently I've been researching the history of Cromarty Castle.

Little is known about its early history of Cromarty Castle, however there is known to have been a motte and bailey castle here which could suggest an 11th or 12th century date.

Cromarty was a royal burgh by 1264, and may have been elevated to such status during the reign of Alexander II (from 1214 until 1249), when the royal sheriff was Sir William de Monte Alto, or William de Mohaut. It was typical for a royal sheriff to live in a castle at this time, however the first confirmed appearance of Cromarty Castle in written documents doesn't come until 1291.

In 1470 James III granted Sir William Urquhart permission to build a tower on the motte of Cromarty and transferred ownership to Urquhart and his heirs. It isn't known if Sir William exercised his right before his death in 1475, however according to the writings of Sir Thomas Urquhart in the 17th century it was Sir William's grandson, also Sir Thomas, who built the castle in 1507 to a design by a French architect.

All that remains of Cromarty Castle in situ is a well on the site of it. Carved wooden panels which once lined the walls of the Great Hall were taken to Craigston Castle and installed around the doors and windows of the drawing room there. A carved pediment above the entrance to the south office court at Craigston Castle may have been transported there from Cromarty in 1763.

The aforementioned stone panel in the museum is a carved sandstone heraldic overmantel carrying the arms and initials of the writer Sir Thomas Urquhart. It is dated 1651, carrying the inscription A(nno) M(undi) 5612 and A(nno) C(hristi) 1651, and measures around 1.50m long by around 0.84m high and 0.11m thick. On the upper half of the stone there are also numerous names and dates which are taken from a rather fanciful family tree that Urquhart created showing the supposed pedigree and ancestors of the Urquhart family right back to the Creation.

It was removed from Cromarty Castle upon its destruction in 1772 and travelled around various properties before ending up in the porch of a farm cottage near Kinbeachie Castle. When the cottage was bought by the Board of Agriculture in 1923 they presented the stone to the National Museum.

A second carved stone slab depicting a hunting scene, thought to predate the Cromarty Stone and possibly commissioned by Sir Thomas Urquhart the elder, was also removed from the castle in 1772 but this one was inserted into the wall of an underground vaulted servants' tunnel which led from the new house to the main road. It remained there for more than a century before being removed and installed over a mantelpiece in Cromarty House.

You can read a more detailed history of Cromarty Castle on the website:

http://www.stravaiging.com/history/castle/cromarty-castle

Map images courtesy of National Library of Scotland.

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10/03/2018
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More snow again today but these photos are from Friday when we went for a wander up to Glencorse parish church on the edge of Milton Bridge. The snow had drifted and was pretty deep at the edges of the road.

There’s a cup and ring-marked stone here which was found a bit further north at the old kirk. It’s obviously a very dangerous stone as it’s been imprisoned within railings.

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06/03/2018
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Auchendinny House dates from the early 18th century, being the last (and smallest) example of work by Sir William Bruce.

Completed by 1707, it is thought to have been built on the site of an earlier castle, the western part of the basement containing two vaulted rooms which seem to date to the 16th or 17th century.

http://www.stravaiging.com/history/castle/auchendinny-house

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02/03/2018
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Also on display as part of the Scotland’s Early Silver exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland are items from the various hoards that have been hidden across Scotland over the centuries.

Highlights for me included the double disc and Z-rod Pictish mount and a brooch from Norrie’s Law, a brooch from St Ninian’s Isle, the Hunterston brooch, hack silver from Traprain Law and coins from Uzbekistan brought to Scotland by the Vikings.

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22/02/2018
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Despite being slightly obsessed with Pictish silver chains and them being exhibited together for the first time at the Scotland’s Early Silver exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland it took me until this weekend to manage to see them, just a week before the exhibition ends.

They really are a quite magnificent sight, it’s amazing to think that they were most likely made around one and half thousand years ago.

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21/02/2018
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It took a while but we managed our first castle research of 2018. Last weekend we went to have a look at the ruins of Old Woodhouselee Castle just outside Penicuik, and this weekend I researched its history.

It's a probable 16th century tower house which belonged to the Sinclairs of Roslin, then through marriage passed to James Hamilton of Bothwellhaugh.

Hamilton would later become infamous as the assassin of James Stewart, 1st Earl of Moray, the Regent of Scotland and half-brother of Mary Queen of Scots, on the 23rd of January 1570 in what was the world’s first recorded assassination by firearm. Hamilton fled to France and the castle was burnt to the ground by Moray’s followers in an act of revenge.

More history here: http://www.stravaiging.com/history/castle/old-woodhouselee-castle

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18/02/2018
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I’m stuck working through this weekend as work takes over my life in the run up to Christmas, so here are some photos of where I’d rather be, Schiehallion.

I recently added a Munros section to my website:

http://www.stravaiging.com/walk/munros/

You can order the list of Munros by name, region or height, ascending or descending (just click on the headings of the table), and clicking the name takes you to a page for that Munro which shows a map of the mountain, which Ordnance Survey map covers it, the local weather, directions to the mountain, other Munros in the area and nearby facilities.

If there are any other features you’d like to see then let me know and I’ll see what I can do. Any feedback would be much appreciated.

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17/12/2017
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Back at the end of September we visited Castle Cluggy on the banks of Loch Monzievaird within the grounds of +Loch Monzievaird Self Catering Lodges.

A ruined 15th century tower house, it was referred to as an “antiquum fortalicium” in 1467 so may have older origins.

The castle stands on high ground next to the loch on a promontory known as the Dry Isle, and was originally part of the Ochtertyre estate.

http://www.stravaiging.com/history/castle/castle-cluggy

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02/12/2017
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A couple of weekends ago we headed up to Perthshire in search of autumnal-hued trees. We found them at Lady Mary's Walk in Crieff.

The beautiful tree-lined path running alongside the River Earn was gifted to the town in 1825 by Sir Patrick Murray of Ochtertyre and named for his daughter, Lady Mary Murray.

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08/11/2017
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