Saturday, 4 January 2014

Culdees Castle

Culdees Castle near Muthill in Perthshire was built for the Speir family by architect James Gillespie Graham. Built in 1810 Culdees Castle was a fine mansion in the Gothick style. In 1867 the house was enlarged and remodeled in the Scottish Baronial style by the architect David Bryce. Finally the last major work to be done at Culdees was when the interior was reorganized by Sir Robert Lorimer. In 1967 the current owners successfully applied for a demolition order,  however it was  never carried out. The result is that while the castle still has its roof intact, leaks over the years have allowed water to get inside and the floors have largely rotted and collapsed, while the windows still have their pains of glass intact.

The owners of Culdees Castle, the Maitlands family live in their new farmhouse next door. They seem content to allow the castle to decay next to them and appear to be resistant to any attempt to restore the ruin.