Balquhain Castle is a ruined tower house in Aberdeenshire. It was built in the 14th century and held by Leslie family from 1340. On 5 July 1441 John Leslie of Balquhain made an indenture with four masons, David Hardgat, David Dun, Robert Masoun and Gilbert Masoun that they would complete his building work.

The castle was sacked during a feud with the Forbes family in 1526. The castle was rebuilt in 1530. Mary Queen of Scots in 1562 stayed at the castle prior to the Battle of Corrichie. It was burned by the forces of Prince William, Duke of Cumberland in 1746 and was abandoned.

The tower measures 13.75 by 8.75 metres, and is surrounded by the remains of a barmkin.

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Founded: 14th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in United Kingdom

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Not much left to see
cjmckay44 (3 years ago)
The Ancestral Leslie stronghold is fairly Inaccessible and without signage. Need to go through a minimum of three of the following : someone's driveway, a field of stinging nettles, a huge pile of rubble, barbed wire fence and/or a large ditch (former moat). Nice ruin all the same but probably only worth your while if passing anyway. There's allegedly a stone circle nearby but we couldn't find it, though the view from up beside the wind turbine is stunning Aberdeenshire at its best.
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