DiCamillo Companion
Scotland

Castle Huntly (Castle Huntley) (Castle Lyon)

  • Built / Designed For: Lord Gray of Fowlis

    House & Family History: One of the legends that swirls about Castle Huntly regards Adelaide, daughter of the 4th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne, who fell in love with one of the servants and planned to elope with him. When the plot was discovered, the earl locked his daughter in one of the castle’s towers and had her loved killed. When Adelaide learned that her father had executed her lover, she threw herself out of the tower window, plunging to her death. Today known as the White Lady, her ghost has been seen wandering the grounds and in the window of the tower from which she allegedly hurled herself.

  • House Listed: Category A

    Park Listed: Not Listed

  • Past Seat / Home of: Lord Gray of Fowlis, 15th century. Patrick Lyon, 1st Earl of Kinghorne, 17th century; James Lyon, 7th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne, 18th century. George Paterson, 18th century; Colonel Adrian Gordon Paterson, 20th century; Patterson family here until 1946.

    Current Ownership Type: Government

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Other

    Ownership Details: Today HMP Castle Huntly, an open prison.

  • House Open to Public: No

    Historic Houses Member: No