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Caskieben Castle

Caskieben Castle Aberdeenshire Scotland

The ancient castle of Caskieben is conjoined to the two-in-one structure of Keith Hall, only viewable from the outside and consisting of a large Restoration mansion. Built on the "Z"-plan and still in very good condition, the castle is dramatically different to the Restoration mansion which the first Earl of Kintore built in front of it in the Palladian style.

The south-facing, crested front of the hall has a classical balustrade supporting urns and standing between square pavilions topped by pointed "helmets". The surrounding park land was originally landscaped by "Capability Brown". Caskieben Castle is also remembered for its association with the Latin poet known as the "Scottish Ovid", son of George, the seventh Johnson Laird of Caskieben. He was born in the castle, which was then the family seat. in 1587. The mansion is the home of the Earls of Kintore.

 

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