Aldbar Castle

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Aldbar Castle, or Auldbar Castle, was a 16th-century tower house, located 2 miles (3.2 km) southwest of Brechin, in Angus, Scotland. .


The estate was owned by the Crammond family since the 13th century before it was sold to John Lyon, 8th Lord Glamis (c. 1544 – 1575) in 1575.[1] His son Sir Thomas Lyon (died 1608) served as Treasurer of Scotland from 1585 to 1595, and built the castle in the later 16th century.[2] The property was subsequently owned by the Sinclair family, and then the Young family.[1]

The Chalmers family owned the estate in the 18th century. The artist Clarkson Stanfield painted the castle in 1801. Patrick Chalmers (1777–1826) enlarged the castle in 1810,[3] and his son Patrick Chalmers (1802–1854) made Baronial-style additions between 1844 and 1854.

A 13th-century grave slab from the cle chapel is held at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Aldbar Castle". Gazetteer for Scotland. Retrieved 8 August 2011. 
  2. ^ RCAHMS. "Aldbar Castle (34787)". Canmore. Retrieved 8 August 2011. 
  3. ^ "The Country House Database: Scotland". Library History: The British Isles to 1850. Archived from the original on 1 January 2009. Retrieved 8 August 2011. 
  4. ^ "Grave-slab From Aldbar Castle, Angus". National Museums Scotland. Retrieved 8 August 2011. 

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