Newton Castle is an early 17th century castle situated in a commanding position above Blairgowrie.
It is said to have been built on the site of an older castle.
Local gentlemen are said to have remained safely hidden in the dome vaulted basement of the round tower when the castle was burnt by Cromwellian troops, emerging unscathed from its ruins. Today this wonderful 'Z-plan' tower house is a private home set in lovely grounds just off a country lane.
~ History ~
1687 ~ George Drummond is born in the castle and later becomes six times Lord Provost of Edinburgh.
1707 ~ As a prominent Government official in favour of Union between Scotland and England, George Drummond is appointed Accountant-General of the Customs for his services to the cause.
1715 ~ At the Jacobite rising in the Battle of Sheriffmuir, George Drummond fights against the Stuart cause and his own clan, whose cavalry play a prominent role for the Jacobites.
George later helps found the Royal Infirmary and Royal Exchange in Edinburgh