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Claverhouse Memorial Castle
Claverhouse Memorial Castle, a dovecot built from the stones of the old castle in 1834 (above) and in 1924 (below)
Claverhouse Castle dovecot
Map showing site of Claverhouse Castle
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Claverhouse Castle, Glen Ogilvie, Parish of Glamis, Angus

This castle, no longer in existence, may have been built by the Ogilvies. It was once a place of considerable strength, having a moat and drawbridge, but its last remains were pulled down c 1826. It belonged to the Ogilvies in the 14th century, and the castle, mentioned in the 17th century, was later owned by Graham of Claverhouse.

William Graham of Claverhouse (in the parish of Mains, Angus), knighted in 1633, purchased Glenogilvie, which henceforward was probably his home. His great grandson, John Graham of Claverhouse (later Viscount Dundee) was, for his "good and faithfull services" granted a charter by Charles II on 11 May 1680 of "all and haill the land and baronie of Ogilvie commonly called the Glen of Ogilvie with the mannor place tower fortalice houses biggings yairds orchyairds ......"

Ochterlony of Guynd, a neighbour and contemporary of Claverhouse, described the property as "a pleasant place, a good house, and well planted".

Upon Dundee's death at Killiecrankie (27th July 1689) his title and estates devolved upon his son James. James died in November or December 1689 and was succeeeded by his uncle, David Graham, on whom sentence of forfeiture was pronounced on 14th July 1690. The Claverhouse properties were bestowed on the Marquis of Douglas. After the death of the third Marquis and first Duke of Douglas the property passed to his nephew Archibald (later Lord Douglas), the victor of the "Douglas cause" and later to the Earls of Home through his granddaughter's marriage to the 11th Earl.

According to the 1793 Statistical Account for Scotland a farmer dug up the foundation stones of the old castle or mansion house of the Grahams of Claverhouse. No trace of this building or when it was demolished are recorded. The stones were built into an "artificial ruin" in 1834 by a Mr Webster of Balmuir in the form of a dovecot. It is conjectured the original house stood 180 yards north west of this building. About 1857 the site of the castle was pointed out to an Ordnance Survey investigator, who was informed that its last remnants had been pulled down about 35 years earlier. The O.S. map of 1860 shows the site of the castle.






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