1400s - the Balfours had Burleigh Castle
built 2 miles north of Loch Leven Castle.
1546 - Margaret Erskine and her son William
Douglas built a Mansion House on the shore of
the Loch named Newhouse. This replaced the
Castle as their main residence, with the Castle
still used at times for security.
1565 - Mary Queen of
Scots visited Sir William Douglas at Loch
Leven Castle, a good friend at the time.
1576 February - the Husband of Mary, Lord
Darnley was murdered in Edinburgh. Some people
claimed Mary was behind the murder.
1567 April - Mary marries the Earl of
Bothwell, who was accused of murdering her
husband. This led to uprisings in Scotland.
1567 June - the Battle of
Carberry Hill by Edinburgh takes place. The
Battle ended with Mary surrendering to the
forces of a number of Scots Lords. These Lords
wanted Mary to step down so her infant Son
could become King.
Mary was then taken to Loch Leven Castle to
be held prisoner.
1568 - Mary escapes from the Castle, fleeing
to England where she was imprisoned by
Elizabeth I, Queen of England.
1587 - Mary is executed by beheading in the
Great Hall of Fotheringhay
Castle in central England
1675 - Sir William
Bruce, the famous Scottish Architect,
bought the House, Castle and lands at Loch
Leven from the Douglass.
1685 - Bruce built Kinross House next to the
old Douglas Mansion, with views out to Loch
Leven Castle. The Douglas Mansion was
Bruce preserved Loch Leven Castle as it
could be viewed from Kinross House.
1700s - Kinross Estate passed to the
1700s late - the Grahams also acquired
1800s - Kinross Estate was acquired by the
Montgomerys with the Castle left to fall into
1939 - Kinross Castle was taken over by
Historic Scotland to serve as a Tourist
Attraction. Burleigh Castle was also acquired
by Historic Scotland to serve as a tourist
2010 - an English businessman named Donald
Fothergill bought Kinross House and Estate. The
House is now available for Weddings and