Perthshire Scotland > Castles > Huntingtower Castle

Huntingtower Perth Situated just west of Perth.

Huntingtower was originally built by the Ruthven family in the 15thC although they had held the lands since the 13thC. Originally called the House of Ruthven.

The Ruthvens fought with Robert the Bruce and were made Sheriffs of Perth in 1313.

Exceptional painting on ceilings dated from 1540.

Mary Queen of Scots visited in 1565 while on honeymoon with Darnley.

There is a legend of the Ruthven daughter, Dorothy, leaping between the towers to avoid being found by her mother in her lover's bedroom!

James VI, when aged 15, was held there forcibly in 1582. In revenge, James later executed the perpetrators of the plot, proscribed the name Ruthven and seized the castle and lands. Since then the castle has been known as Huntingtower.

The Earl of Tullibardine gained the property in 1663 and it passed to the Duke of Atholl in 1676.

Lord George Murray, the Jacobite commander, was born there in 1694.

 

Perthshire-Scotland.co.uk © 2004
Get Listed
advertising@Perthshire-Scotland.co.uk

 
Home
 
About Perthshire:
Introduction
Regions
Clans
Battles
News
Weather
 
Castles:
Castles Home
Blair

Doune
Drummond
Edinample
Finlarig
Huntingtower
Loch Earn
Menzies
Methven

Towns:
Aberfeldy
Auchterarder
Blairgowrie
Crieff
Dunkeld
Kinross
Perth
Pitlochry

Business Links:
Accommodation
Attractions
Outdoor Activities