Careston Castle from the south
Nothing remains of an earlier castle. The castle was built about 1582 by Sir Henry Lindsay, who became Earl of Crawford in 1620. It was later owned successively by Sir John Stewart of Grantully, by the Skenes, by a farmer, and in 1871 bought by John Adamson, a mill owner from Blairgowrie and son of a whaling ship owner from Dundee.
The L-plan tower originally had three vaulted rooms, linked by a corridor in the first floor, although one room now has had its vault removed. There is a large scale-and-platt stair to the first floor, a turnpike stair in the south west jamb, and a private stair on the north.
Careston Castle is notable for its chimney-pieces. The one in the Hall has an enriched cornice, and an overmantel with the Royal Arms of Scotland. There are fine chimney-pieces also in the dining-room, and the central and east bedrooms on the second floor. These chimney-pieces are thought to be derived in form from designs in Jacques Androuet du Cerceau's Second livre (1561).  Campbell also argues that Careston incorporates two of du Cerceau's house designs in the formation of its elevation and plan. Two wings of the building have been demolished.
It is a category A listed building.
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- I. Campbell, 'From du Cerceau to du Cerceau: Scottish Aristocratic Architectural Taste, c. 1570- c.1750' Architectural Heritage 26 (2015), pp. 58-60.
- I. Campbell, 'From du Cerceau to du Cerceau: Scottish Aristocratic Architectural Taste, c. 1570- c.1750' Architectural Heritage 26 (2015), p. 65.
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