DiCamillo Companion

Methven Castle

  • Earlier Houses: There was an earlier castle on the site of the current Methven Castle.

    Built / Designed For: Patrick Smythe

    House & Family History: The earlier Methven Castle was the home of Margaret Tudor (1489-1541), queen of James IV, King of Scots, and daughter of Henry VII of England. Margaret moved to Methven after her marriage (her third) to Henry Stewart, 1st Lord Methven, in 1528. She died here on October 18, 1541.

  • Architect: John Mylne

    Date: 1664
    Designed: House
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    Architect: James Gillespie Graham

    Date: Circa 1815
    Designed: Tudor style additions
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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: Vol. I, p. 111, 1852.

  • House Listed: Category A

    Park Listed: Designated Garden & Designed Landscape

  • Current Seat / Home of: David Murdoch

    Past Seat / Home of: SEATED AT EARLIER HOUSE: Queen Margaret Tudor, 1528-41. Ludovic Stewart, 2nd Duke of Lennox and 1st Duke of Richmond, until 1624. SEATED AT CURRENT HOUSE: Patrick Smythe, 17th century; David Smythe, Lord Methven, 18th century; Smythe family here until the 19th century.

    Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home

  • House Open to Public: No

    Historic Houses Member: No