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Kellie Castle

The origins of Kellie Castle are thought to stretch back to the 12th century, although the earliest part of the castle dates to 1360. It has magnificent plaster ceilings, painted panelling and fine furniture designed by Sir Robert Lorimer. It also contains a long-concealed mural by the celebrated Arts & Crafts pioneer, Phoebe Anna Traquair. 

This ancient castle was once home to the youngest daughter of Robert the Bruce, and later the Earls of Kellie. The 1st Earl saved the life of King James VI, while the 5th Earl fought for the Jacobites at the Battle of Culloden. 

More recently, the castle was saved from ruin by the Lorimer family, whose association with Kellie spanned over a century. The famous Scottish architect Sir Robert Lorimer spent much of his childhood at the castle, which greatly influenced his later works.

Sculptor Hew Lorimer and his wife Mary took over the lease in 1937 and set about reviving Kellie Castle. When the Earl of Mar and Kellie died in 1957 his successor sold the castle to the Lorimers – so the family finally owned the property they’d rented for 70 years.

After Mary Lorimer died in 1970, the Trust purchased the estate for the nation to enjoy.

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