Claypotts Castle

Claypotts Castle
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Claypotts Castle

A fortified house of the 16th Century, the 'Tower Fortalice and Mannor Place' of Claypotts was built between 1569 and 1588 by John Strachan or Strathauchin, representing a cadet branch of Strachan of Angus and Thornton in the Mearns. It is situated close to the junction of the A92 and B978 roads between Dundee and Broughty Ferry. The Z-plan castle has three storeys and circular wings, a remarkable conjunction of central tower, stair turrets and the round towers topped by massively corbelled-out attic rooms. At the beginning of the 17th century the estate passed to the newly-created Barony of Lindores and the Strachans moved north to Balhousie after selling Claypotts to Sir William Graham of Ballunie in 1601.

The Claypotts Estate was eventually sold to the Grahams of Claverhouse, reverting to the Crown in 1689 when Claverhouse lands were declared forfeit after the Battle of Killiecrankie. The property was granted by Royal Charter in 1694 to James, 2nd Marquis of Douglas, passing through marriage to the Earls of Home. Claypotts Castle was placed under the guardianship of the Commissioners of Works in 1926 by Charles Douglas-Home, 13th Earl of Home (1873 - 1951), and is now managed by Historic Environment Scotland.

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