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Dupplin 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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Dupplin Castle, a noble mansion of Lower Strathearn, in Aberdalgie parish, Perthshire, 1¾ mile NE of Forteviot station, and 5¾ miles SW of Perth. Standing within a half mile of the Earn's left bank, amidst a large and finely-wooded park, it succeeded a previous edifice, destroyed by fire in 1827; and, built during 1828-32 at a cost of £30,000, is a splendid Tudor structure, commanding a view of nearly all Strathearn, and containing a library famous for rare editions of the classics. It is the seat of George Hay, eleventh Earl of Kinnoull (cre. 1633) and Viscount Dupplin (1627), who, born in 1827, succeeded his father in 1866, and owns 12,577 acres in the shire, valued at £14,8l4 per annum. On 6 Sept. 1842 Dupplin Castle was honoured by a passing visit from the Queen and Prince Albert. In its vicinity, on the night of 12 Aug. 1332, was fought the Battle of Dupplin, when Edward Balliol and the ' disinherited barons, ' to the number of 500 horse and 3000 foot, surprised and routed a host of 30,000 under Mar, the new Regent of Scotland, who himself was slain with 13,000 of his followers. A stone cross, quite entire, stands on the face of an acclivity, on the opposite bank of the Earn, almost in the line of the ford by which Baliol's army passed the river; and a large tumulus, ½ mile to the N, was found to contain some stone-formed graves, with many fragments of bones. See Aberdalgie.—Ord. Sur., sh. 48, 1868.

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