Balvaird Castle **

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Description:

The castle was a Barclay property, but passed to the Murrays of Tullibardine in 1500, who built the present castle. The arms of Sir Andrew Murray and Dame Margaret Barclay are over the main entrance and they may have built the present tower as they were married in 1495. Andrew Murray of Balvaird is mentioned in 1560 and later, and

Sir Andrew Murray of Balvaird was made Lord Balvaird in 1644.

His son, David, was one of those who helped James VI dispose of the Earl of Gowrie and his son in the Gowrie Conspiracy and he was made Viscount Stormont in 1621.

The tower, fortalice and manor place was ordained to be the principal message in a ratification of 1681 in favour of David Murray, Viscount of Stormont.

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