1745 - during the Third
Jacobite Rising, the Jacobite's took
Dunrobin Castle as the Sutherland's were
supporting the British Government. The 17th Earl
escaped Dunrobin, fleeing to Aberdeen where he
joined Government Forces.
1746 - the Jacobite's were defeated at the
Battle of Culloden, last Battle on
the British mainland, leading to more peaceful
1700s late - the more peaceful times led to
many Castles being converted to Mansions, or
Mansions built on the Estate with the Castles
1772 - the Sutherland's began forcing small
scale Tenant Farmers off their Land so they
could experiment with larger scale Sheep and
1785 - Elizabeth Sutherland married George
Granville Leveson-Gower, leading to the
Leveson-Gower's becoming the Dukes and
Duchesses of Sutherland.
1807 - Elizabeth
Sutherland had about 300 farmers removed to
make way for the first large Sheep Farm in the
area. These acts became known as the Clearances
with thousands of people forced to move to
Towns and Cities, or to Emigrate to the
1835 to 1850 - the 2nd Duke of Sutherland
had Dunrobin Castle remodeled in the Scottish
Baronial style to designs of Sir Charles
Barry. Sir Charles was famous for designing
the Palace of Westminster / House of Commons in
The New Buildings were built around the
original Tower House.
1870 - the Dunrobin Castle Railway Station
was opened as a private station for the Castle.
This Rail Line runs between Inverness and
1915 - the Castle was used as a Naval
1965 to 1972 - the Castle was used as a
Boarding School for boys.
1973 - Dunrobin Castle, Museum, and Gardens
were opened to the public. The Sutherland
family still live at the Castle in Private
2007 - a Clearances
Monument was erected at Helmsdale Village
16 miles north of Dunrobin Castle.