The House from a circa 1920 postcard
Built / Designed For: William Forbes
House & Family History: Craigievar is an L-shaped house tower house of seven stories with superb 17th century plasterwork. The House remained in the Forbes family from 1626 until 1963, when the family donated the House and 200 acres to the National Trust for Scotland. Queen Victoria, Queen Mary (wife of George V), and the late Queen Mother (wife of George VI) visited Craigievar. There have been suggestions that Walt Disney's early film logo of a pink castle with fairytale turrets was inspired by Craigievar.
Comments: Craigievar is one of the finest tower houses in Britain and is considered to have one of the three finest plasterwork ceilings in Scotland (together with Muchalls Castle and Glamis Castle).
Country Life: XIX, 162, 1906. LXXXIII, 12 plan, 1938.
House Listed: Category A
Park Listed: Designated Garden & Designed Landscape
Past Seat of: William Forbes, 17th century; William Forbes-Sempill, 19th Lord Sempill, 20th century; Forbes family here from 1626 until 1962.
Current Ownership Type: The National Trust for Scotland
Primary Current Ownership Use: Visitor Attraction
House Open to Public: Yes
Historic Houses Member: No