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Encyclopedia > Castle Huntly (HM Prison)

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Location

Castle Huntly sits approximately seven miles west of Dundee in the Carse of Gowrie, in central Scotland. It is situated close to the banks of the river Tay and can be seen from the main road linking Dundee and Perth. The castle sits on top of a rocky outcrop surrounded by what is now farmland. In ancient times this land was marshy wilderness and the decision to locate the castle on the rock may have been taken with a view to the castle's defensive position in mind. Dundees location in Scotland Dundee (Dùn Dèagh in Gaelic) is Scotlands fourth largest city, population 154,674 (2001), situated on the North bank of the Firth of Tay. ... ... Tay can refer to any of the following: The Tay is a river in the highlands of Scotland. ... Perths location in Scotland Perth (Peairt in Scottish Gaelic) is a town in central Scotland. ...


History

Castle Huntly is thought to date from the 15th century and was built by Baron Gray of Fowlis under licence from King James II of Scotland. The castle changed hands in 1614 when it was acquired by the then Earl of Strathmore who changed its name to Castle Lyon. In the 1770s, the castle was sold by the widow of the 7th Earl of Strathmore to George Paterson of the East India Company who also changed the name back to Castle Huntly. The castle left the hands of the Paterson family in 1946 after the death of Colonel Adrian Gordon Paterson when his wife sold the castle to the government. In 1947 the castle was refurbished and became a Borstal institution. It is now known as HM Castle Huntly and is one of only two open prisons in Scotland. Prisoners there are low risk and serve short sentences of up to two years. (14th century - 15th century - 16th century - other centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 15th century was that century which lasted from 1401 to 1500. ... James II can refer to: James II of Scotland James II of England James II of Aragon James II of Cyprus This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... East India Company was the name of several historic European companies chartered with the monopoly of trading with Asia for their respective countries. ... 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... // History In the United Kingdom, a Borstal was a juvenile detention centre or reformatory, an institution of the criminal justice system, intended to reform delinquent male youths aged between about 16 and 21. ...


The White Lady and other stories

The castle is said to be haunted by a White Lady, a young woman dressed in flowing white robes. There are various stories concerning her history, one of which is that she was a daughter of the Lyon family who occupied the castle in the 17th century. She began an affair with a manservant at the castle and when their relationship was discovered she was banished to a bedroom high up in the tower overlooking the battlements. Unable to endure her suffering, she threw herself (or was she pushed?) to her death from the tower. The ghost of the White Lady has been seen a number of times over the years, often in the grounds surrounding the castle. She has also been seen in the bedroom in which she was imprisoned.


A second ghost which is claimed to haunt the castle is that of a young boy dressed in a double-breasted sailing jacket. He has been seen in the room from which the White Lady is said to have jumped and there is speculation that he may be the son of Colonel Adrian Gordon Paterson. The Colonel's only son Richard drowned in 1939 in a yachting accident on the river Tay. It is interesting that he should appear in the room occupied by the White Lady and it has been suggested that the presence of her ghost has somehow "tempered" the room so that other spirits can more easily appear there. 1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... Tay can refer to any of the following: The Tay is a river in the highlands of Scotland. ...


References

  • http://www.electricscotland.co.uk
  • Scottish Hauntings, Grant Campbell, Piccolo

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