1564 - Blairfindy
Castle was completed for the Gordon's on
the Glenlivet Estate, about 6 miles north of
where Tomintoul is today.
1571 - the Gordon's burned Corgarff Castle,
killing 26 Men, Women, and Children.
1594 - the Battle of
Glenlivet took place. The Catholic Earl of
Huntly’s forces of Clans Gordon, Hay, Comyn,
and Cameron, defeated the Protestant Earl of
Argyll’s forces of Clans Campbell, Murry,
Stewart, Forbes, Macgillivray, Maclean, Grant,
and the Chattan Confederation of Clan
1700s - there were about 200 Illegal Whisky
Distilleries operating in the Glenlivet
1746 - the Battle of Culloden ended with
Government Forces defeating the Jacobite's. The
Government then set about building Roads and
Forts throughout the Highlands to keep the Area
under control. Many existing Castles were taken
over to serve as Barracks for Government
Most Gordon's fought on the Government side
during the Jacobite Risings, although some
fought with the Jacobite's.
1748 - Corgarff Castle was taken from the
Forbes family as they were accused of
supporting the Jacobite's. The Government then
converted that Castle into Barracks for
Government Troops to control the Area.
As well as preventing any more Risings, the
Government Troops were used to prevent Cattle
Rustling, and Illegal Whisky Distilling.
1750s - the Mountain Road was completed by
the Military between Ballater and Grantown on
Spey, passing through Glenlivet Estate, now
known as the Lecht Road, Old Military Road, or
1775 - Alexander Gordon began building
Tomintoul Village, with the Mountain Road
running through the Village. Claims are, part
of the reason he built the Village, was to
clear people off his Estate involved in Illegal
Distilling and Cattle Rustling.
1824 - the Glenlivet Distillery opened,
first Legal Distillery in the area.
1937 - The Crown Estate /
Government and Public owned, acquired the
Glenlivet Estate, now with a number of Walking
and Biking trails.
1970s - the Lecht Ski Centre opened 7 miles
south of Tomintoul.