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TITLE
Dunrobin Castle, Golspie
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_CARD_0017
PLACENAME
Dunrobin Castle
DISTRICT
Golspie, Rogart and Lairg
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
SUTHERLAND: Golspie
DATE OF IMAGE
PERIOD
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
31900
KEYWORDS
postcards
castles
estates
clearances
Dunrobin Castle, Golspie

This postcard from the early 20th century shows Dunrobin Castle near Gospie.

Dunrobin stands approximately a mile north east of Golspie and is the ancestral home of the Earls and Dukes of Sutherland. The name is said to be derived from the 6th Earl, Robert, 'Robin's Castle'.

The castle originally dates back to the first half of the 13th century and was an enormous, fortified square keep but was extensively re-modelled to a Flemish style in 1840 by Sir Charles Berry, the designer of the House of Commons. The original keep is now no longer visible. Much of the interior was destroyed by a fire in 1915 and was re-designed by Sir Robert Lorimer.

The Sutherland family had 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.

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Dunrobin Castle, Golspie

SUTHERLAND: Golspie

postcards; castles; estates; clearances

Highland Libraries

Highland Libraries' Postcard Collection

This postcard from the early 20th century shows Dunrobin Castle near Gospie.<br /> <br /> Dunrobin stands approximately a mile north east of Golspie and is the ancestral home of the Earls and Dukes of Sutherland. The name is said to be derived from the 6th Earl, Robert, 'Robin's Castle'. <br /> <br /> The castle originally dates back to the first half of the 13th century and was an enormous, fortified square keep but was extensively re-modelled to a Flemish style in 1840 by Sir Charles Berry, the designer of the House of Commons. The original keep is now no longer visible. Much of the interior was destroyed by a fire in 1915 and was re-designed by Sir Robert Lorimer. <br /> <br /> The Sutherland family had 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.