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Castle Menzies

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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Castle-Menzies, a mansion in Weem parish, Perthshire, in the valley of the Tay, on the southern slope of Weem Hill (1638 feet), 1½ mile WNW of Aberfeldy. A large and splendid castellated edifice, it was built partly in 1571, partly in 1840, and has a spacious semicircular park, containing some of the finest trees in Scotland. Chief among them are the following, with height in feet and girth at 1 foot from the ground:-2 oaks (73,152/3; 80,142/3), 4 beeches (95,14½; 85,151/6; 80,9½; 90,14½), 3 sycamores (104¼, 25¼; 90,32ž; 100,18), 2 Spanish chestnuts (60,26½; 80,191/6), and an ash (83,131/12). See Trans. Highl. and Ag. Soc., 1879-81. Castle-Menzies is a seat of Sir Rt. Menzies of that ilk, seventh Bart. since 1665 (b. 1817; suc. 1844), who owns 32,784 acres in the shire, valued at £8554 per annum.

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