Kinnaird Castle, Brechin

Coordinates: 56°42′15″N 2°35′57″W / 56.7043°N 2.5992°W / 56.7043; -2.5992

Kinnaird Castle is a 15th-century castle near Brechin in Angus, Scotland.[1] The castle has been home to the Carnegie family, the Earls of Southesk, for more than 600 years.[2] It is a Category B listed building and the grounds are included in Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes in Scotland.[3][4]

Kinnaird Castle
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Kinnaird Castle
Kinnaird Castle is located in Angus
Kinnaird Castle
Kinnaird Castle
Coordinates56°42′15″N 2°35′57″W / 56.7043°N 2.5992°W / 56.7043; -2.5992
Site history
Built15th century


14th centuryEdit

Charters show a mansion had existed on the property.[1]

15th centuryEdit

A castle was listed onsite in 1409, when the estate was granted to the Clan Carnegie.[1] After the Battle of Brechin on 18 May 1452, the castle was burnt by Alexander Lindsay, 4th Earl of Crawford as Clan Carnegie had supported King James II of Scotland.

17th centuryEdit

In 1617, King James VI stayed at Kinnaird. Kings Charles I and Charles II also visited the castle. James Graham, 1st Marquess of Montrose spent 3 years at Kinnaird from 1629.

18th centuryEdit

During the winter of 1715, James Francis Edward Stuart (The Old Pretender) spent some time at the castle. As punishment for supporting the Jacobite rising of 1715, the estate was confiscated. The castle was transformed by the architect, James Playfair in 1791 into a large house.

19th centuryEdit

The castle returned to Clan Carnegie ownership in 1855 and was remodeled in Victorian baronial style.

20th centuryEdit

The castle burnt to the ground in 1921 and was rebuilt.[4]

Kinnaird Castle 2018


  1. ^ a b c "Kinnaird Castle". CANMORE. Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland.
  2. ^ "Kinnaird Castle". Retrieved 20 July 2016.
  3. ^ Historic Environment Scotland. "Kinnaird Castle (LB11508)". Retrieved 7 June 2020.
  4. ^ a b Historic Environment Scotland. "Kinnaird Castle (GDL00245)". Retrieved 7 June 2020.