Pitcaple Castle

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Pitcaple, a village and a mansion in Chapel-of-Garioch parish, Aberdeenshire. The village standing near the right bank of the Ury, has a station on the Great North of Scotland railway, ¾ mile WNW of Inveramsay Junction, 5 miles NW of Inverurie, and 21¼ NW of Aberdeen, under which it has a post office, with money order, savings' bank, and telegraph departments. The mansion, Pitcaple Castle, stands in the vicinity of the village between the railway and the Ury, and is partly an ancient edifice, which was in ruins a hundred years ago, but was restored from designs by W. Burn about 1830, and again underwent extensive repairs in 1873. It is notable for the detention in it of the Marquis of Montrose on his way as a prisoner to Edinburgh, and for visits to it by James IV., Queen Mary, and Charles II. Its owner, Henry Lumsden, Esq. (b. 1825; suc. 1859), holds 1410 acres in the shire, valued at £1681 per annum.—Ord. Sur., sh. 76, 1874.

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