Balvaird Castle was built in 1500 by Sir Andrew Murray, a member of the Murray family of Tullibardine. He had acquired the land as part of the dowry that came with his wife, Margaret Barclay. It was probably placed on the site of an earlier Barclay family castle.
The castle was built, altered, developed and improved over many years. A gatehouse range was built in 1567, and the castle also incorporated various walled gardens and an orchard. The family continued to reside at Balvaird until they inherited the Earldom of Mansfield, and in 1658 they moved to the rather grander estate at Scone that came with that title.
Location: Balvaird Castle, Perth, Scotland.
Photographer: Martin Skidmore