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Blair Castle

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Blair Castle stands in its grounds near the village of Blair Atholl in Perth and Kinross in Scotland. It is the home of the Murray family, who hold the title of Duke of Atholl, though the current (11th) Duke lives in South Africa).

The Castle is said to have been started in 1269 by John Comyn, Earl of Badenoch, a northern neighbour of the Earl of Atholl, who started building on the Earl’s land while he was away on crusade. Upon his return, the Earl complained about the interloper to King Alexander III, won back his land and incorporated the tower that had been built into his own Castle.

It commands a strategic position on the main route through the Central Scottish Highlands. Lowland Clan Agnew held Blair Castle, seat of the Duke of Atholl, against the Jacobites who laid siege to the castle during the Jacobite uprising of 1745-1746. They were besieged to near starvation until the Jacobite forces withdrew to fight the British Government forces at the Battle of Culloden.

The Castle, one of Scotland’s major stately homes, is open for visitors on a daily basis (entrance charge). Its many rooms feature important collections of weapons, hunting trophies, souvenirs of the Murray clan, ethnographica, paintings, furniture, needlework etc, collected by the Murray family over many generations.

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