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TITLE
Dunrobin Castle
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_179A_562
PLACENAME
Dunrobin Castle
DISTRICT
Golspie, Rogart and Lairg
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
SUTHERLAND: Golspie
DATE OF IMAGE
1863
PERIOD
1860s
CREATOR
F Borders
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
30996
KEYWORDS
Sutherland
Duke of Sutherland
castles
Dunrobin Castle
clearances
sheep
hunting
estates
Countess of Sutherland
Dunrobin Castle

Dunrobin stands approximately one mile north east of Golspie and is the ancestral home of the Earls and Dukes of Sutherland.

The castle dates back to the first half on the 13th century but was extensively re-modelled in a Flemish style by Sir Charles Berry, the designer of the House of Commons, in 1840. Much of the interior was destroyed by fire in 1915 and re-designed by Sir Robert Lorimer.
The Sutherland family has an infamous part to play in the history of the Highlands. The 1st Duke of Sutherland "improved" the estate when it was discovered that the land was more profitable as grazing for sheep than it was being farmed by tenant farmers. He is widely held responsible for the most enthusiastic of the Highland Clearances. The foreground of the illustration shows a mounted hunt preparing to set off. Hunting was a popular country sport then as now.

This illustration is taken from 'Guide to the Highlands and Wester Islands of Scotland including Orkney and Zetland vol 3 (4th edition)' by George and Peter Anderson

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Dunrobin Castle

SUTHERLAND: Golspie

1860s

Sutherland; Duke of Sutherland; castles; Dunrobin Castle; clearances; sheep; hunting; estates; Countess of Sutherland

Highland Libraries

Fraser Mackintosh Collection (illustrations)

Dunrobin stands approximately one mile north east of Golspie and is the ancestral home of the Earls and Dukes of Sutherland. <br /> <br /> The castle dates back to the first half on the 13th century but was extensively re-modelled in a Flemish style by Sir Charles Berry, the designer of the House of Commons, in 1840. Much of the interior was destroyed by fire in 1915 and re-designed by Sir Robert Lorimer. <br /> The Sutherland family has an infamous part to play in the history of the Highlands. The 1st Duke of Sutherland "improved" the estate when it was discovered that the land was more profitable as grazing for sheep than it was being farmed by tenant farmers. He is widely held responsible for the most enthusiastic of the Highland Clearances. The foreground of the illustration shows a mounted hunt preparing to set off. Hunting was a popular country sport then as now. <br /> <br /> This illustration is taken from 'Guide to the Highlands and Wester Islands of Scotland including Orkney and Zetland vol 3 (4th edition)' by George and Peter Anderson