Kindrochit Castle *
Region: Aberdeen(shire) & Moray
In 1390 King Robert III granted his brother-in-law Sir Malcolm Drummond, Earl of Mar, a license to build a stone tower at 'Kyndrocht'. Drummond died before the tower could be completed, but at the time of the Earl's death, Kindrochit was the 5th-largest castle in Scotland.
The castle was allowed to decay and over the course of several centuries, it was reduced to an overgrown, crumbling ruin. It was reported abandoned by 1618. A local legend suggests that the castle was allowed to decay after an outbreak of the plague. According to the tale, when the castle inhabitants were struck down with the deadly illness, the castle was ordered to be destroyed by artillery with the residents trapped inside, so that the plague would not spread.
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