Balnagown Castle

(Balnagowan House)

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Balnagowan, a mansion in Kilmuir-Easter parish, E Ross-shire, 1½ mile N of Nigg Bay in Cromarty Firth, ½ mile NW of Kildary station, and 5¼ miles S by W of Tain. Standing amid romantic grounds, it commands a magnificent prospect; was a seat of the Earls of Ross in feudal times; is partly very ancient, partly an erection of 1836; and presents an imposing appearance, chiefly in the old Scottish Baronial style. It is a seat of Sir Chs. Wm. F. A. Ross (b. 1812; suc. 1814), seventh Bart. since 1668, and owner of 110,445 acres in the shire, valued at £12,653 per annum.

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