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Claypotts Castle

Region : Angus Location : 1 mile NW of Broughty Ferry, near Dundee Details : a Z-plan tower house - a rectangular block with round towers at two of the diagonally opposite corners. Two turnpike stairs - one for the family, one for the staff - can be seen in the angles created by the towers. The towers are fairly plain until they reach the square garret chambers perched at the top. They bear the dates 1569-88 which is presumably when they were constructed. In 1601, the Strachan family moved out and sold the castle to Sir William Graham of Ballunie who owned land in the region. His son David was possibly the last owner to actually live at the castle. After the battle of Killicrankie, the castle and land reverted to the State and were granted to James, second Marquis of Douglas in whose family it remained for centuries, passing into the Homes family by marriage. For further details see rampant scotland Paranormal Phenomena : The castle is said to be haunted by a "White Lady" who is seen at a window in the castle each 29 May. Although always claimed to be the ghost of Marion Ogilvie, the mistress of Cardinal Beaton, murdered in St Andrews - on 29 May 1546 the facts do not fit the fable as the castle had not been built by 1546 and she lived at Melgund Castle.

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