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HM Prison Castle Huntly


(Castle Huntly)

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-Huntly, an estate, with a noble old baronial mansion, in Longforgan parish, Perthshire. The mansion, 1¼ mile NNW of the Firth of Tay, and 7 miles W of Dundee, is situated on the summit of a high rock, which, on the SW side, rises sheer up from the dead level of the Carse of Gowrie, and on the E sinks gradually to the plain. It was built, under royal licence of 26 Aug. 1452, by Andrew, second Lord Gray of Foulis, and was named, according to a baseless tradition, after his lady, a daughter of the Earl of Huntly. In 1615 it was sold to Patrick Lyon, first Earl of Kinghorn; and, becoming the favourite residence of his grandson and namesake, the third Earl of Kinghorn and first of Strathmore (d. 1695), it was by him greatly improved, and re-named Castle-Lyon, whilst its estate was erected in 1672 by royal charter into a lordship called the lordship of Lyon. Passing by sale, in 1777, to Geo. Paterson, Esq., a son-in-law of the twelfth Lord Gray, it was restored by him to its original name, renovated without, and modernised within, enlarged with wings, battlements, round tower, and corner turrets, and altogether rendered one of the most remarkable combinations of old and modern masonry in the kingdom. The present proprietor, Geo. Frederick Paterson, Esq. (b. 1857; suc. 1867), holds 2001 acres in the shire, valued at £5321 per annum.

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