#136 Edinample Castle
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Barcaldine Castle, this classic Z-plan Scottish tower
house was built in 1584 by "Black" Duncan
Campbell, on land granted to his father, Colin Campbell
of Glenorchy, by Henry, Lord Methuen in 1547. The castle
is likely built upon (and may incorporate) parts of an
early castle built by the MacGregors before their lands
were proscripted. The rectangular central tower is three
stories in height, and the round towers at the east and
west corners are 4-stories, but the rooms lower ceilings
in the corner towers make the height almost identical to
the central core. The ground floor is barrel-vaulted. The
castle was extensively remodeled about 1790, and around
that time a 2-storey porch was added. The castle was
derelict by the 1960's, but purchased by Peter Nicholson
in the early 1970's. The porch was removed and the castle
restored over almost 20 years, overseen by 3 separate
groups of architects/engineers. It is still privately
|The remainder of the history of Edinample Castle is a direct quote from the 3rd edition of Martin Coventry's wonderful The Castles of Scotland, published in 2001 by Goblinshead Press in Musselburgh, Scotland. I just love it: "St. Blane, a 6th-century saint, reputedly cursed the place: that the owners would neither be rich nor lasting. Another legend is that one of the lairds took tombstones away from a local graveyard to build the castle, and was told by a witch 'You'll put the Estate through your backside with the gill stoup!' - and the laird, of course, drank his way through his money and the estate. The building is said to be haunted. Black Duncan of the Castles ordered that the castle should have a parapet walk around it. The builder forgot to add this feature, but tried to show that is was possible to walk around the roof as it stood. Black Duncan pushed him from the roof, so saving the fee. So - 'tis said - at certain times the ghost of the builder can be seen clambering around the roof."|
|No plan is
The Castles of Scotland
the castle prior
to 1970 with the porch,
of the construction
in November 2012
is laid out on
|At the end
of "work" (or play)
Ground and First Storeys
November 18 the castle
is ready for roofing...
be very complex
with bartizans, reentrant
spiral staircases and towers
of the Lego Model
Built November 14-20, 2012
is done the
morning of November 20,
there will be no more pix
until Aughnanure is gone.
was finally photographed
on January 24, 2013, after Chateau
de Roquetaillade was torn down &
counted. Sorry about the delay...
the view from
the south. It appears the
MacGregors are paying a
visit and are not welcome.
featuring bartizan and
of the Z-plan castle.
side of the
castle - facing Loch Earn.
finally the northeast
view with southeast tower.
of the entrance
and the unusual climax to
the southeast tower.
closeup from the
NNE with the pair of
projecting stair turrets.
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