Descriptive Gazetteer Entry for Cluny Castle

Cluny Castle, a mansion in Laggan parish, Invernessshire, on the left bank of the Spey, 8¾ miles WSW of Kingussie, by the road thence to Loch Laggan. It is the seat of the chiefs of the Clan Macpherson, a line remarkable for its loyalty to the house of Stewart, in the persons of Queen Mary, Charles I., the Old Chevalier, and Prince Charles Edward. The Cluny Macpherson at the time of the '45 distinguished himself at Clifton and Falkirk, and for nine years after led the life of a fugitive on his own estate, £1000 being set upon his head, and his house being plundered and burned. In the present castle-a massive turreted, two-storied, granite edifice- are various relics of the rebellion, as the target, lace wrist-ruffles, and an autograph letter of the Prince. There is also the black pipe chanter, on which depends the welfare of the house of Cluny, and which all true members of the Clan Vuirich believe to have fallen from heaven in place of that lost at the conflict on the North Inch of Perth. Cluny Castle was visited by the Queen and Prince Consort, from Ardverikie, in 1847. Its present owner, Ewen Macpherson of Cluny Macpherson (b. 1804; suc. 1817), holds 42,000 acres in the shire, valued at £4251 per annum.—Ord. Sur., shs. 63,64,1873-74.

(F.H. Groome, Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland (1882-4); © 2004 Gazetteer for Scotland)

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Feature Description: "a mansion"   (ADL Feature Type: "residential sites")
Administrative units: Laggan ScoP       Inverness Shire ScoCnty

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