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Braemar Castle

Braemar Castle

Photographer: Wilson, George Washington

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1866


Item number: 5

Length: 9.9

Width: 8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

"Braemar Castle is situated on a noble eminence commanding an extensive prospect up and down the princely valley of Dee.

It is by no means an ancient structure, having only been built about 1720 to overawe the inhabitants of the district after the rebellion of 1715.

It belongs to the Farquharson's of Invercauld, and has been several times hired by Government for the uses of a garrison. It is now untenanted, and its picturesque appearance is much destroyed since the corner turrets were demolished and the present crinolated work placed instead. On a green slope in front of the Castle, the Braemar Gathering takes place annually - a meeting of the neighbouring clans for a friendly bout at leaping, dancing, and tossing the caber; and since the Court came to Dee-side, the games are often graced by the presence of some of the members of the Royal Family."

Descriptive letterpress from the book 'Photographs of English and Scottish Scenery' by G W Wilson

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