Castle of Mey

(Barrogill Castle)

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Barrogill Castle, a mansion in Canisbay parish, Caithness, on the coast of the Pentland Firth, 16 miles ENE of Thurso. A venerable pile, it was greatly improved and enlarged from designs by Burn; and (to quote Miss Sinclair) is now an imposing edifice, `with all the natural elegance of a house in London, and all the external dignity of an ancient Highland residence.' It is a seat of Geo. Philips Al. Sinclair, who, born in 1858, succeeded as fourteenth Earl of Caithness in 1881, and owns in the shire 14,460 acres, valued at £4479 per annum.

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