Edzell

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Edzell is a Village in the northeast of Scotland, 31 miles north of of Dundee, 40 miles south of Aberdeen.

Edzell is popular for its Castle with Garden, Golf, Riverside Walk, Paintball, and the 15 mile long Glenesk for its Folk Museum and Hiking Routes.

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See also a large Click On Map for the area Top Attractions.

The image top is of the Arch on the south side of Edzell.

The second image is of Edzell Golf Course, with the clubhouse a short walk from the Arch.

Inglis Hall Visitor Centre is situated on the High Street, mid way between the Arch and Edzell Park to the north.

The 4 Star Glenesk Hotel is situated across the road from Inglis Hall.

The War Memorial and Shops are also on the High Street.

The 3 Star Panmure Arms Hotel is at the north end of the High Street overlooking Edzell Park.

Edzell Park and Church are also at the north end of the High Street, with Edzell Castle on the road past the Park.

Edzell Castle is situated under 1 mile west of Edzell Park, open for visits most of the year.

Edzell History

1100s - a timber Castle was built in this area to guard the mouth of Glenesk, one of the main routes into the Highlands. This was the lands of the Abbott family, where the original Village of Edzell evolved.

The lands of Edzell passed to the Stirling's and later to the Lindsay's through marriage.

1520 - David Lindsay built a Tower House close to where the original Castle was.

1550 - David Lindsay had the Tower House expanded, adding a large west range, new entrance gate, and hall. He also built Invermark Castle around that time, 12 miles north, to serve as a hunting lodge.

1562 - Mary, Queen of Scots visited Edzell Castle when she was on a Royal progress. Mary was touring many landowners at that time to gain their support as she set about dealing with George Gordon, 5th Earl of Huntly, who had been rebelling against her.

1580 & 1589 - King James VI, son of Mary, visited Edzell Castle.

1604 - Edzell Castle Gardens were designed with symbols of England, Scotland and Ireland, after James VI gained the English throne after the death of his cousin, Elizabeth I.

1610 - Sir David died in debt due to the cost of building of the gardens and extending the castle.

1651 - during the English Civil War, forces of Oliver Cromwell took control of Edzell Castle for about one month. Many Scots had supported the Royals during the conflict, resulting in the Parliamentarians led by Cromwell invading Scotland.

1715 - Edzell Castle was in a run down state when the 1715 Jacobite Rising began. David Lindsay, Lord of Edzell, was a Jacobite supporter of James Stuart.

David Lindsay then sold the castle to the 4th Earl of Panmure, a fellow Jacobite.

The Crown then took Edzell Castle and Lands off Lord Panmure, as they did most landowners that supported the Jacobite's.

Instead of awarding the Castle and Land to other Clans that supported the Crown, as normally happened before, the Crown sold the Estate to the York Buildings Company, who sold off anything they could to make money.

1746 - the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders were based at Edzell Castle to help prevent more Jacobite Risings.

1764 - the York Buildings Company was declared bankrupt, leading to the remaining contents of the castle and roofs sold to pay the company's debt.

The property was then sold to William Maule, Earl Panmure.

1782 - William Maule died, leading to the property passing to his nephew, George Ramsay, 8th Earl of Dalhousie.

1800s - the Earl of Panmure began the construction of a new village under 1 mile east of Edzell Castle under the name Slateford.

1815 - the new Parish Church was built in Slateford, with the name of the Village changed to Edzell around that time.

1861 - Queen Victoria and Prince Albert visited Edzell as part of their their travels through Angus and Kincardineshire.

1889 - the Dalhousie Arch was built at the south entrance to Edzell to commemorate the deaths of the Earl and Countess of Dalhousie.

1895 - Edzell Golf Club was founded.

1896 - the railway reached Edzell.

1898 - the Inglis Memorial Hall was gifted to the village by Colonel Robert Inglis.

1901 - a cottage was built for the caretaker of the Castle, now used as a visitor centre.

1932 - the walled garden passed into state care.

1935 - the Castle passed into state care, now maintained by Historic Environment Scotland, open to the public year-round.

1940s - RAF Edzell was opened 1 mile east for military aircraft during World War Two.

1960 - RAF Edzell was leased to the United States Navy.

1964 - the railway at Edzell was closed.

1997 - the Airfield at Edzell was closed.

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