- Teaninich Castle
Teaninich Castle is situated north of the village of
Evantonand just south of the village of Alnessin Ross and Cromarty, Scotland.
It is not known exactly how long a castle has been on the site of Teaninich Castle but it is thought to date back to at least the 16th century.
In the 16th century, the lands in which Teaninich Castle is situated was an area known as
Fyrish. In 1589, the lower quarter of the Fyrish lands were acquired from Keith of Delny by Hugh Munro 1st of Teaninich, son of John Munro 3rd of Coul, whose grandfather Hugh Munro 1st of Coul was a son of George Munro of Foulis (d.1452). These lands at first were just the lower quarter of Fyrish but eventually extended eastward towards the River Alness and Teaninich Castle was bought by the Munros in February 1660. The receipt for which is still preserved in the Teaninich Charter Chest.
Two worn lintel stones dated 1734 and 1770 built into the rear of the present castle cum mansion suggest an earlier building of some size and style. Part of the old Teaninich Castle was pulled down by Hugh Munro of Teaninich,
78th Highlanders, who lost the sight in both of his eyes in Nimeguen, Hollandin 1794.
However, later, he occupied himself with improving his farmlands and rebuilding Teaninich Castle. The Blind Captain or blind laird, as he became known, took an enthusiastic interest in the supervision of the building of the present Teaninich Castle, often pacing out the room sizes himself. The asymmetry of the rooms is proof of his “enthusiasm”.
He started a distillery in Teaninich in 1817 and laid out the village of
Alnessat a time when illegal whiskey gave the best return on the barley crops of Ross-shire. In 1831, Hugh Munro sold the castle to his brother General John Munro and spent the remainder of his life in Coul Cottage, the dower house of Teaninich. He died in 1846. The castle remained in the Munro family until 1923. [ [http://www.clanmunro.org.uk/merchandise_files/maps.htm Mapping the Clan Munro ] ] Teaninich remained a Munro seat until after the First World War when it was bought by an American, Charles Harrison, the man on whom Frances Hodgson Burnett's book 'Little Lord Fauntleroy' was based. He is best remembered for the large American car he drove. [ [http://www.btinternet.com/~mikeys.place/alness.html Mikeys Place © ] ]
In present day, the Teaninich Castle is a five star hotel. In 2007, Teaninich House sold off 10 acres of paddock land immediately behind the house onto which a Property Developer is currently installing 36 houses. Further developments are expected, potentially involving the selling off and cutting down of the remaining woodland to the rear and northeast border of the house and garden ground, thus bringing the already extensive housing estate closer to the property.
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* [http://www.stay-scotland.co.uk/teaninich.shtml http://www.stay-scotland.co.uk/teaninich.shtml]
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