Invermark Castle

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Invermark, a roofless, ivy-clad, four-story granite tower in Lochlee parish, N Forfarshire, on the peninsula at the confluence of the Waters of Mark and Lee, opposite Lochlee church, 17 miles NW of Edzell. Said to have been built in 1526, and long a seat of the Lindsays, it was put in a habitable state soon after 1729, but in 1803 was once more reduced to a ruin, to furnish materials for the new church and manse. Its massive walls, however, more than 3 feet thick, look as though they might stand for 300 years to come; and it retains its ponderous door of grated iron. Invermark belongs now to the Earl of Dalhousie, who here has a pretty shootinglodge, ` built of granite, in a very fine position overlooking the glen with wild hills at the back.' It was visited by the Queen and Prince Consort on 20 Sept. 1861.—Ord. Sur., sh. 66, 1871. See A. Jervise's Land of the Lindsays (2d ed. 1882).

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