Hatton Castle stands on the lower part of Hatton Hill, to the south of Newtyle. The lands were given to Sir William Olifard (8th chief) in 1317 by Robert the Bruce. The castle was built in 1575, commissioned by Laurence, fourth Lord Oliphant (1527–1593). Hatton Castle is unusual in that it contains a scale and platt staircase incorporated into its original construction. Such a feature was normally only included in larger constructions.

A variety of people lived in Hatton Castle after the Oliphants, including at least one bishop. Hatton Castle was de-roofed in about 1720, after the 1715 Jacobite rising, when it was replaced by the Italian-style Belmont Castle in Meigle, which is now a Church of Scotland residential home. Hatton Castle gradually became encrusted by ivy and a home to pigeons and jackdaws, until it was sold by the Kinpurnie Estate for reconstruction. This has been done faithfully, initially by Roderick Oliphant of Oliphant, yr and his elder brother Richard Oliphant of that Ilk (34th chief), so its charm remains much as it was in 1575, including glass hand-made in Edinburgh, in the leaded windows.

Hatton Castle is now a family home, and the present owners have continued the restoration.



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Founded: 1575
Category: Castles and fortifications in United Kingdom

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Charlie Robertson (6 months ago)
Beautiful place
Chris White (14 months ago)
Such a sense of history in a delightful family home.
Chris White (14 months ago)
Such a sense of history in a delightful family home.
John Rendell Lean (21 months ago)
Nice place. Nice people. Good food. Friendly owners.
John Rendell Lean (21 months ago)
Nice place. Nice people. Good food. Friendly owners.
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