The Dining Room
House & Family History: The ancient seat of the earls and dukes of Atholl, the turreted and gabled Blair is a gleaming white castle set in stunning Highland scenery. The current appearance of the castle is the result of an 18th rebuild around a 13th century core. The interior has noted plasterwork, fine marble chimneypieces, and a wood-paneled entrance hall. Thirty-two rooms contain furniture (five 4-poster beds), paintings, armor, china, costumes, Brussels tapestries, one of the four original copies of the National Covenant of 1638, and other treasures. Queen Victoria frequently rented Blair as a stop on her way to Balmoral in Aberdeenshire. Blair Castle is Scotland's most visited historic house and is famous as the home of the Atholl Highlanders, originally the only private army in Britain and today a ceremonial bodyguard.
Collections: Blair Castle is exceptionally rich in 17th and 18th century furniture and tapestries. A great collection of ancestral diamond jewelry was sold by Christie's in 1928.
Garden & Outbuildings: There are extensive grounds with walks, trails, a deer park, and an 18th century walled garden. An 18th century, Category B-listed folly called The Whim, built for the 3rd Duke of Atholl and possibly designed by William Adam Sr., is extant.
Architect: Archibald ElliotDate: Circa 1814
Country Life: CVI, 1362, 1434, 1506, 1949.
Title: Biographical Dictionary of British Architects, 1600-1840, A - SOFTBACK
Author: Colvin, Howard
Year Published: 1995
Reference: pg. 923
Publisher: New Haven: Yale University Press
Book Type: Softback
House Listed: Category A
Park Listed: Designated Garden & Designed Landscape
Current Seat / Home of: Murray family
Past Seat / Home of: John Murray, 1st Marquess of Atholl, 2nd Earl of Atholl, and 3rd Earl of Tullibardine, until 1703; John Murray, 2nd Marquess of Atholl and 1st Duke of Atholl, 1703-24; James Murray, 2nd Duke of Atholl, 1724-64; John Murray, 3rd Duke of Atholl, 1764-74; John Murray, 4th Duke of Atholl, 1774-1830; John Murray, 5th Duke of Atholl, 1830-46; George Augustus Frederick John Murray, 6th Duke of Atholl, 1846-64; John James Hugh Henry Stewart-Murray, 7th Duke of Atholl, 1864-1917; John George Stewart-Murray, 8th Duke of Atholl, 1917-42.
Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust
Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home
Ownership Details: Owned by Blair Charitable Trust