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Fyvie Castle

Fyvie Castle is located a mile (1.5 km) north of Fyvie, near Turriff, in Aberdeenshire and has parts which date back to the 13th Century. Built in a Z-shape, it has undergone many additions, which have corresponded to the wishes of each of its owners and has towers named after each of them; Preston, Seton, Leith, Meldrum and Gordon. Purchased in 1889 by the steel-magnate Alexander Leith, Baron Leith of Fyvie (1847 - 1925), it is noted for the Edwardian gallery and dining room he added, while the castle itself has many examples of the coat of arms of the ancestral Leiths. Noted for its panelling and plaster ceilings, Fyvie Castle also has within its walls the finest wheel-stair in Scotland. It was purchased by the National Trust for Scotland in 1984 and contains a rich collection of portraits by artists including Raeburn, Gainsborough, Romney, Batoni, Opie and Hoppner. A stone figure on one of the towers depicts the Trumpeter of Fyvie whose love for a miller's daughter is enshrined in North-East balladry. Blowing a despairing love call from the top of Fyvie Castle, the broken hearted trumpeter that of all the bonnie lasses "the flo'er o' them a' was in Fyvie, O."


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