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In 1706 Ellon Castle was purchased by James Gordon, who built a fantastic terraced landscape garden, braced by a stone retaining wall. Gordon's family did not have long to enjoy the gardens after they were built, for his two sons were murdered by the music master, and the estate was sold to the 3rd Earl of Aberdeen. The 'Wicked Earl, so named because he simultaneously raised three families, installed one of his mistresses, Penelope Dering, at Ellon Castle. The grand castle buildings fell into decay afte the 18th century, and the current castle is the stables and servant's quarters of the 18th century building.
Four miles distant is Arnage Castle, a privately held fortified tower house built by the Cheyne family. About a mile to the west is Esslemont Castle, a ruined tower house that once belonged to the Cheynes as well. Just to the east of Ellon, south of the river at Ladymire, are the remains of ancient hut circles.
Address: Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Attraction Type: Town
Location: On the A920 15 miless north of Aberdeen
Photo Credit: Anne Burgess, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
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