Friday, June 04, 2010

Baron yields castle after 500 years

Craighall Castle, Scotland UK
After 500 years the Rattray clan have sold Craighall Castle to Sassenach, a London investment banker for an undisclosed sum. He plans to spend hundreds of thousands of pounds on the dilapidated pile and turn it into his own family home.

Craighall of Rattray on the outskirts of Blairgowrie, has been home to 20 generations of clan chiefs but the current laird, a descendant of William the Conqueror, has been forced to sell his title and the fortified mansion of Craighall of Rattray Castle, which has been occupied by his family since 1533. Lachlan said, "It needs a lot of work. I hope the new owners will be able to restore it to its former glory and retain some of its atmosphere. I am happy that it has gone to someone who can afford to look after it."


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