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Situated in the heart of Perthshire in central Scotland, Meggernie Castle is located halfway up Glenlyon, where the river Lyon flows through on its way to join Loch Tay. Perthshire is an traditional county in central Scotland, which extends from Strathmore in the east, to the Pass of Drumochter in the north, Rannoch Moor and Ben Lui in the west, and Aberfoyle in the south. ... Timeline of Scottish history Caledonia List of not fully sovereign nations Subdivisions of Scotland National parks (Scotland) Traditional music of Scotland Flower of Scotland Wars of Scottish Independence National Trust for Scotland Historic houses in Scotland Castles in Scotland Museums in Scotland Abbeys and priories in Scotland Gardens in Scotland... Loch Tay (Scottish Gaelic, Loch Tatha) is a freshwater loch in the central highlands of Scotland, in the district of Perthshire. ...



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History of Meggernie Castle

The castle was originally built around the end of the 16th century by the Campbells of Glenlyon although parts of it were modified in later years by descendants, most notably Captain Robert Campbell. Captain Campbell gained notoriety through his leadership of troops to carry out the slaughter of the MacDonald clan at Glencoe (famously known as the Glencoe Massacre) in 1692. In later years, the castle passed into the hands of the Menzies family, and one of the owners, James Menzies of Culdares, is said to have sheltered Jacobite troops at the castle during the Jacobite Rising of 1745. Meggernie remained in the hands of the Menzies family for centuries before passing to Mr. John Bullough in 1884. More recently his son, Sir George Bullough, sold the castle and lands to Sir Ernest Salter Wills, 3rd Baronet who has made Meggernie Castle his Scottish residence. Thus Meggernie castle remains a private family home and is not generally open to the public. (15th century - 16th century - 17th century - more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 16th century was that century which lasted from 1501 to 1600. ... Glencoe is the name of a number of places in the world: Glencoe, South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa Glencoe, Scotland, United Kingdom Glencoe, Alabama, United States of America Glencoe, Kentucky, United States of America Glencoe, Illinois, United States of America Glencoe, Minnesota, United States of America Glencoe, Missouri, United... The Massacre of Glencoe was an incident at the village of Glencoe, Glen Coe, Scotland early in the morning on February 13, 1692, during the era of the Glorious Revolution and the Jacobite Risings. ... Events February 13 - Massacre of Glencoe March 1 - The Salem witch trials begin in Salem Village, Massachusetts Bay Colony with the charging of three women with witchcraft. ... Each Jacobite Rising formed part of a series of military campaigns by Jacobites attempting to restore the Stuart kings to the thrones of England and Scotland (and after 1707, Great Britain) after James VII of Scotland and II of England was deposed in 1688 and the thrones usurped by his... // Events May 11 - War of Austrian Succession: Battle of Fontenoy - At Fontenoy, French forces defeat an Anglo-Dutch-Hanoverian army including the Black Watch June 4 – Frederick the Great destroys Austrian army at Hohenfriedberg August 19 - Beginning of the 45 Jacobite Rising at Glenfinnan September 12 - Francis I is elected... 1884 is a leap year starting on Tuesday (click on link to calendar). ...


Architecture

Prior to the construction of Meggernie Castle, there is evidence that a thatched keep of some sort was erected on the site. The exact date of the erection of the oldest existing part of Meggernie Castle has not been determined, although some sources claim that it was John Campbell of Glenlyon who built it around 1585. However, there is a document known as the "Register of the Great Seal," in which King James VI grants to the Campbell family the ownership of land in the area to form the Barony of Glenlyon. The chief of this Barony is said to reside in "the Tower named Meggernie" and since this bequest is dated March 4th 1603, this evidence ties in loosely with the construction date of 1585. The thatched keep had a slated roof added to it initially and as has been mentioned additions were also made in later years. The walls of the Castle are around five feet in thickness in keeping with its role as a defensive structure and in total the castle is five storeys tall. Each corner of the castle possesses a square tower which is bracketed out from the main body of building. The original castle had few windows and those that do exist are narrow slits in the wall. This style is entirely in keeping with the fashion of the day and can be seen in numerous other fortified castles and keeps constructed around the same time. The original castle keep has also had a more modern mansion house attached to it since its construction, although the style of this is still in keeping with that of the original building. Many architectural details of Meggernie can be clearly seen in photographs of the building, including the four small square towers at the corners of the keep, and the long, low mansion house which extends from one side of the keep. 1585 was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar or a common year starting on Friday of the Julian calendar. ... King James I of England/VII of Scotland, the first monarch to rule the Kingdoms of England and Scotland at the same time Events March 24 - Elizabeth I of England dies and is succeeded by her cousin King James VI of Scotland, uniting the crowns of Scotland and England April... 1585 was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar or a common year starting on Friday of the Julian calendar. ...


The Haunting of Meggernie Castle

Several ghost stories surround Meggernie Castle, the most well known dating from the time that the house was occupied by the clan Menzies. The Chief of the clan had married a very beautiful woman much younger than himself. However, her youth and attractiveness led him to become jealous of her and he is said to have murdered her in a fit of rage. After concealing her body in a locked chest in one of the castle towers, he absented himself for some time and after his return spread the story of how his wife had tragically met her death by drowning whilst the two of them had been travelling in Europe. Although the locals believed the story, Menzies still felt anxious and fearful and decided to dispose of the body in the nearby churchyard. Having cut the body in two, he managed to bury the lower half in the graveyard one night, leaving the upper part still in the chest. However, before he was able to bury the upper half, he met with foul play and the next morning his body was found at the entrance to the tower where the upper part of his wife's body still lay. Although Menzies had clearly been murdered, nobody was ever tried for the crime and his death remains a mystery.


Most ghost sightings have involved guests staying at the castle who claim to have seen the upper part of a woman's body floating through the air. One visitor to the castle claims to have been awakened one night by the feeling of a red hot kiss on his cheek. When he sat up in bed he saw the ghostly form of a woman's torso moving away from his bed towards the wall, before passing through into the next room.


During restoration work at the castle in the mid 19th century, workmen are said to have unearthed skeletal remains of the upper half of a woman's body. These were removed for burial, but it is interesting to note that sightings of her ghost continued after this occurred. Claims have also been made that the buried lower half of the body haunt the nearby churchyard. Alternative meaning: Nineteenth Century (periodical) (18th century — 19th century — 20th century — more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 19th century was that century which lasted from 1801-1900 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar. ...


References

  • Glencoe and the End of the Highland War, Paul Hopkins, John Donald Publishers Ltd
  • Fifty Great Ghost Stories, edt. John Canning, Souvenir Press Ltd
  • Scottish Hauntings, Grant Campbell, Piccolo Ltd.
  • http://www.electricscotland.co.uk
  • http://www.rampantscotland.co.uk

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