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ARTIST | @lisajparis
LOCATION | Castle Menzies, 🏴
The sixteenth-century castle, built as a Z-plan castle, was the seat of the chiefs of clan Menzies for over 500 years.
Strategically situated, it was involved in the turbulent history of the highlands. Bonnie Prince Charlie, the Stuart pretender to the throne, rested for two nights in the castle on his way to the battle of Culloden in 1746. The restoration of the ancient part of the castle involved the demolition of a greatly decayed 18th century wing. A large Victorian ballroom (not visible in the adjacent photograph) was, however, retained.
The castle, restored by the Menzies Clan Society after 1957, is an example of architectural transition between an earlier tradition of rugged fortresses and a later one of lightly defensible 'châteaux'. The walls are of random rubble, originally harled (roughcast), but the quoins, turrets and door and window surrounds are of finely carved blue freestone. This attractive and extremely hard-weathering stone was also used for the architectural details and monuments at the nearby Old Kirk of Weem, which was built by the Menzies family and contains their monuments and funeral hatchments. A marriage stone above the original entrance was installed by James Menzies in 1571, to record his marriage to Barbara Stewart, daughter of the Earl of Atholl.
Duleep Singh, last maharajah of the Sikh Empire, lived at Castle Menzies between 1855 and 1858, following his exile from the Punjab in 1854. He was officially the ward of Sir John Spencer Login and Lady Login, who leased the castle for him.
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My daughter @jopro08 had been busily creating a castle drawing to paint with watercolour while we were away at the ‘cabin in the woods’ a couple of weeks ago. We had a quite a few windy/rainy days to create. She had finished one and decided to create a second in a different colour scheme, so I requested she transfer an extra one for me to try...to which she happily obliged. I am envious of both my daughters freer style of artwork...so my attempt here was to try and ‘loosen up’ with this one...not sure I succeeded 😂 See if you can guess which 1 of the 3, castles is mine...