Colliston Castle, a 16th century castle in the Angus countryside near Arbroath is for sale.
It has been used as a private residence since it was built in King Henry VIII’s reign 550 years ago, retains period features such as a barrel-vaulted ceiling in the hallway, a tower and a priest’s hole. The B-listed attractive four-storey castle is on the market through Strutt & Parker for offers over £650,000. Cardinal David Beaton of Arbroath Abbey granted the estate to John Guthrie and his wife, Isabella Ogilvy, in 1539 and Colliston Castle was then built in 1545. It is thought Isabella may have been Cardinal Beaton’s daughter, the result of his long-term relationship with Marion Ogilvy. A secret passage reportedly runs between the castle and the abbey but it is not clear if it still exists. The current owners have never found it. Colliston was sold to the Gordon family in 1691 and then the Chaplin family in 1721. In 1920, it was sold to Richard (Dicky) Bruce (Major R.F.D. Bruce). On his death, his wife married a local lawyer and the castle was purchased by Captain Alfred Knox who eventually sold it to Robert Alexander Stuart. It remains within the Stuart family to this day. The Z-plan castle, similar in design to Claypotts Castle, Dundee, underwent alterations in the 17th and 18th centuries which saw the removal of the top storey .
source Arbroath herald