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Blair CastleAt Blair Atholl just north of Pitlochry.

Seat of the Dukes of Atholl.

Originally built by the Comyn family, Blair Castle itself dates back to 1269 but has been much modified in the centuries since, most of the present castle being 18-19thC.

Mary Queen of Scots stayed here in 1564.

Garrisoned by the Marquis of Montrose in 1644 but almost destroyed by Cromwellian forces in 1653.

John Graham of Claverhouse was brought there after his death at nearby Battle of Killiecrankie in 1689.

Castle was besieged again in 1745-46 by both Government and the Jacobite forces of Charles Edward Stuart (Bonnie Prince Charlie). This was the last seige of a castle anywhere in the UK.

Queen Victoria stayed in 1844 when she gave the Duke the honour of being allowed to form a private army, the Atholl Highlanders, Europe's only still in existence.

 

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