16th century tower house near Balmoral/Crathie

 The 16th century Abergeldie Castle, which stands barely two miles from the royal family’s country home at Balmoral, has had its fair share of visiting guests over the years including being rented to the Royal Family between 1848 until 1970, but it also has an extra, uninvited ‘guest’, known as French Kate or Kitty Rankie. She was apparently a French woman who was employed in the castle at one time and was suspected of witchcraft. After being confined in the castle she was taken to a nearby hill and burned at the stake. So it’s perhaps no surprise that her angry spirit returned to the castle after her death. 

The castle has been owned by the Gordons since 1482 and was garrisoned by spanish troops in 1689 in the first jacobite rising under Bonnie Dundee against the new King William.

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Sholto Ramsay Friday, 18 May 2012 6 Print