Delgatie Castle

(Delgaty Castle)

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Dalgety or Delgaty, an estate, with a mansion, in Turriff parish, N Aberdeenshire, 2 miles ENE of Turriff town. For three centuries and a half the property of the Hays of Erroll, it was sold in 1762 to Peter Garden, Esq. of Troup, and by his son resold in 1798 to James, second Earl of Fife, whose nephew, Gen. the Hon. Sir Alexander Duff (1778-1851), long made it his residence. Finally it was purchased by a younger brother of the present Governor of Madras, Ainslie Douglas Ainslie, Esq., who, born in 1838, changed in 1866 his name Grant-Duff to that of Ainslie, and who holds 2822 acres in the shire, valued at £1768 per annum. The oldest part of Dalgety Castle, with walls more than 7 feet thick, is older perhaps than its earliest extant date (1579); and, added to at various periods down to the present century, the whole is now a stately square, winged pile, its battlements-66 feet from the ground- commanding a beautiful view. The grounds are finely wooded, and contain a lake (2½ x 1/3 furl.).—Ord. Sur., sh. 86, 1876.

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