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Forter Castle

A historical perspective, drawn from the Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland: A Survey of Scottish Topography, Statistical, Biographical and Historical, edited by Francis H. Groome and originally published in parts by Thomas C. Jack, Grange Publishing Works, Edinburgh between 1882 and 1885.

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Forter, an ancient castle of the Ogilvies in Glenisla parish, Forfarshire, on the right bank of the Isla, 4 miles NNW of Kirkton of Glenisla. Commanding the glen, together with passes leading to Glenshee and Braemar, it was plundered and destroyed by the Earl (later Marquis) of Argyll in July 1640-the month of the burning of the ' bonnie house of Airlie.' It appears to have been a place of considerable size and strength; and is now represented by walls partly almost entire, and partly ruinous.—Ord. Sur., sh. 56, 1870.

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