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Fintry, an estate in Mains and Strathmartine parish, Forfarshire, 3 miles NNE of Dundee. From the Earls of Angus it passed by marriage to the Grahams of Fintry; was held by them for several centuries; contained Claverhouse, the family seat of the famous Viscount Dundee; and went eventually to Erskine of Linlathen. Fintry Castle, built in 1311 on the steep bank of a rivulet amidst a dense mass of lofty trees, comprised a quadrangle, with a strong tower pierced by a principal gateway facing W; had a passage over that gate, whence missiles could be showered upon assailants; was de. fended by several outworks; and is now extinct. The mausoleum of the Grahams is still in the parish churchyard.

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