Spritual home of Clan GordonHuntly Castle lies in the green heart of the Aberdeenshire countryside. It is a noble ruin in a beautiful setting, remarkable both for the quality of its architecture and for its eventful history.
The Peel of StrathbogieUnderlying the later stone buildings is a motte and bailey castle. Earl Duncan (II) of Fife was granted the estate of Strathbogie around 1190 as a reward for serving William I in his battle against the MacWilliams of Moray. He probably built the castle. In 1204, Earl Duncan’s third son, David, inherited his father’s Strathbogie estate. The Fifes of Strathbogie later became Earls of Atholl through marriage.
The Gordons of HuntlyThe Fifes of Strathbogie lost their lands and titles in 1314, after taking the wrong side at the Battle of Bannockburn. The victorious King Robert Bruce granted Strathbogie to a loyal supporter, Sir Adam Gordon of Huntly, in Berwickshire.
A majestic palaceThe stately palace that dominates the site is one of Scotland’s most impressive medieval buildings. It was constructed around 1450 by the newly ennobled Earl of Huntly. The 4th Earl, George Gordon, ‘Cock o’ the North’, extensively remodelled it in the 1550s.
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