1500s - Castle Menzies was built for the
Clan Menzies, close to the ruins of Weem
Castle. Much of the stonework from Weem Castle
would have been used to built Castle
1689 - the Catholic King James II Stuart was
overthrown by his Protestant daughter Mary and
her husband to be William, who became Mary II
and William II. James was the last Catholic
Monarch in Britain. This started the Jacobite
Clan Menzies often supported the Jacobite
Risings, trying to have the Catholic Stuart's
returned to the throne.
1715 - Jacobite forces used Castle Menzies
in the Second Jacobite Rising.
1733 - General Wade built the Military
Bridge at Aberfeldy to help Government Troops
to patrol the area. These Troops were given the
task of preventing Highland Clans from
revolting against Kings.
1740 - the Black Watch regiment was set up
at Aberfeldy. This regiment played a major role
in putting down revolts, becoming one of the
most famous regiments in the history of
1746 - Prince Charlie stayed at Castle
Menzies for 2 nights during the Third Jacobite
Rising. A few days later, he was defeated at
the Battle of Culloden, the last Jacobite battle. Castle Menzies was
then taken over to house Government Troops.
1780s on - the surgeon, botanist and
Menzies takes part in world explorations,
including on the ship HMS Discovery. He was
credited with discovering a number of
This was a time landowners were keen to have
exotic plants and trees from around the world
planted on their estates.
1840 - a new west wing was added to Menzies
1910 - Sir Neil Menzies died without leaving
1914 - the Menzies estates were sold at
auctioned by trustees. The Castle fell into
ruin after this time.
1957 - Castle Menzies was bought by the
Menzies Clan Society for restoration to serve
as a Museum.
1972 - extensive restoration work was
carried out over the following years.
1990 - the West Wing was restored.
1993 - ownership of the Castle, Walled
Garden, and the Menzies Mausoleum in the Old
Kirk of Weem were transferred to the Menzies
Many of the Menzies are buried at the Old
Kirk of Weem.
1995 - the first Menzies Clan Society dinner
was held at the Castle.
2011 - the Clan MacGregor Room was opened at
Menzies Castle, giving information on this
other prominent Clan from the area, with
MacGregor being the most famous of this