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Castle Menzies

Castle Menzies
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Castle Menzies

A 16th Century castle in Strath Tay, Perth and Kinross, Castle Menzies lies to the west of Weem near Aberfeldy. It takes the form of a Z-plan tower and replaces a castle which was burned to the ground in 1502, and is built with local stone and decorated with blue slate. Situated in ancient Menzies homeland and owned by the Clan Menzies chiefs until 1918, it is now in the care of the Menzies Clan Society. Of particular interest are the great hall, with its ceiling commemorating the Union of 1707, Prince Charlie's Room, where the Young Pretender slept for two nights and the anteroom with its collection of memorabilia. The western wing was added in 1840 and was designed by William Burn. In the 1850s the house was rented to the teenage Duleep Singh, the last Maharaja of the Punjab, noted for his lavish lifestyle and known as the Black Prince of Perthshire.

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