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Scotland

Ardross Castle

  • Earlier Houses: An earlier house was incorporated into the current house.

    House & Family History: Ardross Castle, as seen today, is the creation of Sir Alexander Matheson (1805-86), who purchased the 60,000-acre Ardross Estate in 1839 from the 2nd Duke of Sutherland for £90,000 (approximately £68 million in 2016 inflation-adjusted values using the labour value commodity index) and completely rebuilt the earlier house. Sir Alexander, a founder of Matheson & Co., made a fortune in tea and opium trading.

  • Architect: George Rhind

    Date: 1846
    Designed: Additions and alterations for Sir Alexander Matheson

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    Architect: Alexander Ross

    Date: 1880-81
    Designed: Rebuilt house for Charles William Dyson Perrins

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    Architect: Edward White (Whyte)

    Date: 1909-10
    Designed: Formal garden

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  • John Bernard (J.B.) Burke, published under the title of A Visitation of the Seats and Arms of the Noblemen and Gentlemen of Great Britain and Ireland, among other titles: 2.S. Vol. II, p. 85, 1855.

  • House Listed: Category A

    Park Listed: Designated Garden & Designed Landscape

  • Current Seat / Home of: McTaggart family; here since 1983.

    Past Seat / Home of: George Granville Leveson-Gower, 1st Duke of Sutherland, 18th century. Sir Alexander Matheson, 19th century; Sir Kenneth Matheson, 19th century. Charles William Dyson-Perrins, 19th century. Austin Mardon, 20th century.

    Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home

    Ownership Details: The house can be hired for conferences and private events.

  • House Open to Public: By Appointment

    Phone: 01349-882-550

    Website: http://www.ardrosscastle.co.uk

    Historic Houses Member: No