Gordon Castle

Bog-of-Gight Castle was founded in 1498 and incorporated into Gordon Castle the principal seat of the Dukes of Gordon. Following 18th-century redevelopment a new town at Fochabers was built to replace the former village which had nestled in front of the Castle, which then became one of the largest country houses ever built in Scotland.  It opened as a hospital on 26 November 1914, with provision for 30 beds, which had increased to 100 beds by the time of its closure on 4 May 1919, The Duke of Richmond and Gordon’s youngest son, Bernard, was killed in action in November 1914 and it is believed that his decision to turn his home over for use as a hospital was heavily influenced by this event. The hospital was supported to a large extent by he Duke himself, with much of the food being provided by him, along with newspapers and writing paper, and all of the fuel in the hospital’s first year. The success of the hospital certainly owed much to his generosity and commitment to the venture.  The Castle was requisitioned during World War II and nissen huts were built in the parks. The estate was purchased by the Crown Estates in 1937, after the war, General Sir George Gordon Lennox who had been brought up at Gordon Castle bought the Castle back and rescued the East Wing pavilion and the Bog-of-Gight tower from demolition. However, the corridors connecting the pavilion and the main part of the Castle were considered to be past rescue from dry rot and were demolished in 1954.

The Walled Garden at Gordon Castle has a long history, with evidence of a walled garden existing here from the 17th century. Built in its present form in 1803, it was soon bustling with activity and abundant with flowers, fruit, vegetables and herbs to supply the Castle. After the Second World War, its eight acres were given over to commercial raspberry growing, then fell into disuse in the 1980s. Since 2011, the family have been painstakingly and lovingly restoring their ancestors’ Garden to its former glory – A hugely romantic and ambitious project with one of the largest walled gardens in Scotland.  This family run property is being given a new lease of life and will be a very exciting collaboration of highly respected plants people. The garden will become a destination for visitors, young and old, to explore, admire and learn about the art of kitchen gardening. In addition, a range of luxurious products will be made using ingredients grown in the garden, essential oils will be extracted on site using a still created specifically designed for Gordon Castle.