Photographs Of Delgatie Castle
13th century home of the Clan Hay. Altered in 16th century with
fine painted ceilings dating
from 1570, and collections of paintings and armour. Mary, Queen
of Scots visited in 1562; her portrait hangs in her room. The
mighty turnpike stair has 97 steps.
One of the oldest and most historic castles in Scotland, situated
about three miles to the east of Turriff, Aberdeenshire, and set amongst the
magnificent and unspoiled scenery of the Grampian Highlands.
from approximately 1100, the Castle was taken from the Earl of
Buchan by the Hays of Delgatie in 1314 after the Battle of Bannockburn,
when Robert the Bruce routed the invading English army. Mary Queen
of Scots stayed at Delgatie after the Battle of Corrichie in 1562.
most Scottish castles, it was rebuilt in the 16th century when
the invention of siege guns demanded greater fortifications.
1570 rebuilding provided solid walls 8-14 feet thick, while its
final extension with the battlement walk above the string course
was completed in 1579.
original painted ceilings dating from 1592 and 1597 are considered
some of the finest in Scotland. Strange animals are depicted -
some with human heads thought to represent the inhabitants of
turnpike stair of 97 treads is reputed to be one of the widest
in Scotland measuring over five feet and is unusual for being
built within the thickness of the wall.
wings were added in 1743 with the chapel and dovecot on the west
and the kitchen and servants quarters on the east.
Castle passed out of the hands of the Hays when it was bought
by the Duff family. After being occupied by the army from 1940
- 1946 it was uninhabited for some years.
John Hay, having returned from service in the Indian Army, bought
the Castle in 1950 after architects deemed it was too far gone
to save, and he embarked on the mammoth task of restoration. Even
after forty years of painstaking effort, the refurbishment continues.
Captain Hay died in 1997, and the Castle willed to a family trust
in order to secure its future.
Castle has now become the Centre for the Clan Hay.
is no evidence to date to suggest that any of the Delgatie families
lived in the Castle. In fact, it is somewhat perverse that the
most enduring symbol to our surname has, in fact, very little
to do with the Delgatie families. The Hays, who originated from
the lands of Delgatie in Angus, renamed the castle after the Battle
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