Inchdrewer Castle, Aberdeenshire
Minor Road off B9121
Inchdrewer Castle is a 16th century five storey L-plan tower house with a wing that was added in the 17th century.
The castle is located on flat ground overlooking Banff bay like an island in a sea ofgolden corn that stretches for miles in all directions. Partly ruined walls surround a courtyard that lead to the main tower that remains in terrific condition following external renovation work that was carried out in the last 1960's. A really lovely tower house that you can park close by and are very likely to have it all to yourself to explore.
~ History ~
1542 ~ Sir Walter Ogilvie of Boyne Castle has Inchdrewer Castle built for his eldest son.
1640 ~ George, son of Walter Ogilvy, an ardent Royalist and supporter of the King against the Coventanters, sees his castle left in ruins after it is attacked by Covenanter forces led by General Robert Monro.
1642 ~ George Ogilvie is created Lord Banff, making Inchdrewer his chief residence.
1713 ~ George Ogilvie, 3rd Lord Banff, after attending his son's wedding and festivities for some months in Edinburgh, unexpectedly returns to his castle and finds his servants robbing him. In the melay that follows he is murdered and the castle burned to hide the evidence.
Three men, two of them local farmers, are later charged with murdering Lord Banff andsetting the castle alight to conceal their crime. They are however acquitted because the principle witness, the housekeeper Elizabeth Porter, the only other occupant of the castle, has fled to Ireland.
1746 ~ The castle is attacked during the Jacobite Rising by Government troops led by the Duke of Cumberland.
1803 ~ William Ogilvie, the 8th lord of Banff, dies and the castle passes to his sister Jean and through marriage to the Abercrobies.
1812 ~ Jean Abercrobie's son Sir Robert is appointed as a member of Parliament for Banff. However, just four years later his financial difficulties prevents him from being re-elected.
1820 ~ Sir Robert asks King George IV to allow the Banff peerage, whichhad become extinct when the 8th Lord Banff dies, to continue by declaring his mother Baroness Bandd, or granting him the title of Lord Banff, but this request is declined.
1868 ~ The last occupant leaves the castle leaving it to fall into disrepair and ruin.