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Beaufort 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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Beaufort Castle, the seat of Simon Fraser, eighth Lord Lovat (b- 1828; suc. 1875), in Kiltarlity parish, Inverness-shire, on the right bank of the river Beauly, adjacent to Kilmorack Falls, 13 miles WSW of Inverness, and 4 SSW of Beauly. An ancient baronial fortalice here appears on record so early as the reign of Alexander I. (1107-24); was besieged by the English in 1303; belonged originally to the Bissets, but passed, towards the close of the 13th century, to the Frasers, ancestors of Lord Lovat; suffered capture and damage from Oliver Cromwell; and was burned and razed to the ground by the Duke of Cumberland's army after the battle of Culloden. The present edifice, said to be the twelfth on the site, was erected to serve only as the residence of the government factor, during the time of the Lovat forfeiture; is a very plain but commodious building, commanding a wide prospect of the Aird country and the Beauly Firth; and has extensive grounds. Lord Lovat owns in the shire 161,574 acres, valued at £28,148 per annum.

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