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TITLE
Fairburn Tower
EXTERNAL ID
GB1796_1999_116_720
PLACENAME
Fairburn
DISTRICT
Muir of Ord
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Urray
SOURCE
Highland Photographic Archive (IMAG)
ASSET ID
11446
KEYWORDS
Fairburn tower
Murdo Mackenzie
Kenneth mackenzie
The Brahan Seer
Mackenzies of Fairburn
prophecies
Fairburn Tower

Fairburn Tower is situated 6 kilometres north west of Muir-of-Ord, on a ridge between the Orrin and Conon River valleys. Dating from the 1540s, it was probably built for Murdo Mackenzie, after receiving a charter for the lands, with the understanding that he build a house there. Although only covering an area of 8.2 metres by 7.9 metres, the tower stands five storeys high.

The famous Highland seer, Kenneth Mackenzie, known as 'The Brahan Seer', prophesied about the Mackenzies of Fairburn and the tower;
"The day will come when the Mackenzies of Fairburn shall lose their entire possessions; their castle will become uninhabited and a cow shall give birth to a calf in the uppermost chamber of the tower."

In 1851, the now ruined tower was being used by a farmer to store hay, and a cow gave birth in the garret. It is believed that the animal, following a trail of hay, entered the tower, climbed to the top, and got stuck. Both the cow and the calf were taken down five days later, allowing enough time for people to come and see the prophecy fulfilled.

It has recently been brought to our attention that restoration work will be starting on the tower in 2009.


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Fairburn Tower

ROSS: Urray

Fairburn tower; Murdo Mackenzie; Kenneth mackenzie; The Brahan Seer; Mackenzies of Fairburn; prophecies

Highland Photographic Archive (IMAG)

Joseph Cook Collection

Fairburn Tower is situated 6 kilometres north west of Muir-of-Ord, on a ridge between the Orrin and Conon River valleys. Dating from the 1540s, it was probably built for Murdo Mackenzie, after receiving a charter for the lands, with the understanding that he build a house there. Although only covering an area of 8.2 metres by 7.9 metres, the tower stands five storeys high.<br /> <br /> The famous Highland seer, Kenneth Mackenzie, known as 'The Brahan Seer', prophesied about the Mackenzies of Fairburn and the tower;<br /> "The day will come when the Mackenzies of Fairburn shall lose their entire possessions; their castle will become uninhabited and a cow shall give birth to a calf in the uppermost chamber of the tower."<br /> <br /> In 1851, the now ruined tower was being used by a farmer to store hay, and a cow gave birth in the garret. It is believed that the animal, following a trail of hay, entered the tower, climbed to the top, and got stuck. Both the cow and the calf were taken down five days later, allowing enough time for people to come and see the prophecy fulfilled.<br /> <br /> It has recently been brought to our attention that restoration work will be starting on the tower in 2009. <br /> <br /> <br /> This image can be purchased.<br /> For further information about purchasing and prices please email the<br /> <a href="mailto: photographic.archive@highlifehighland.com">Highland Photographic Archive</a> quoting the External ID.