So what a cluttered mess on my Aga! No pristine photo for #Instagram as this is what a working Aga looks like. I’m writing a post currently about having an Aga. For me it’s got to work in my house. And it does, it would be an expensive “cooker” to have if it just sat there looking pretty. Look out for my post soon especially if you are thinking of installing one 👍🏼 #countrysidelife
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Another adventure?! Where are we going this time? 🚘🐾
The Menzies clan, who are believed to have originally come from Normandy, settled in Perthshire no later than the mid-12th century. They came to Scotland during the reign of David I who actively encouraged such immigration in order to exploit their castle building expertise and military skills.
Following the destruction of their home (then the Place of Weem) in 1502 by Neil Stewart, this prompted construction of Castle Menzies as a direct replacement.
The new castle was built in the form of a four storey Tower House and had a dominant position overlooking the road between Aberfeldy and Crianlarich. Large numbers of well placed gun holes demonstrate that defence was a foremost consideration when the castle was built.
The Castle had to survive through the Covenanter religious troubles of the mid-seventeenth century and the Jacobite rebellions of 1715 and 1745. In 1715 it was occupied by the Jacobites. Again in the 'Forty-five rebellion it was occupied by the Jacobites, including their leader Bonnie Prince Charlie, who rested on his way to Culloden in 1746, only four days later for the Castle to be garrisoned by the Duke of Cumberland, son of the British Monarch and commander of the Government forces.
The castle was later returned to the Menzies clan and further modifications were made in the 18th and 19th centuries, including adding an extension to the north and a new wing in 1840. The death of the last of the Menzies of Weem line, saw the castle pass out of the clan’s hands. During World War II it was used as a Polish Army medical stores depot and in 1957 it was acquired by the Castle Menzies Society.
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