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Brechin Castle

Brechin Castle is the seat of the clan chieftain of Clan Ramsay and Clan Maule and is steeped in history. In 1296 Edward I received the submission of King John Baliol of Scotland there and in 1303 Sir Thomas Maule defended the castle against the English for three weeks until his own death brought about its surrender. In 1643 Patrick Maule, 1st Earl of Panmure, bought the whole of the Brechin Estate from the Earl of Mar. The Castle was at that time a simple L shaped house of three storeys. It was the 4th Earl of Panmure, married to Margaret daughter of the 3rd Duke of Hamilton, who eventually rebuilt the Castle as it is today.

Lord Dalhousie represents two families who have for many centuries been illustrious in the history of Scotland, the Maules of Panmure in Angus and the Ramsays of Dalhousie in Midlothian, both families of Norman origin who came to England about the time of William the Conqueror, and subsequently obtained grants of land in Scotland.

Castle Brechin is part of the Dalhousie Estates.