Pitcaple Castle, Aberdeenshire - An ancient seat of the Leslies, passed by marriage to the Lumsdens in the 1700s. Inherited by Hary Lumsden in 1780, the descendants of this family have lived here to the present day. Pitcaple Castle was restored by William Burn in 1830. Over the centuries the castle has been visited by King James IV, Mary, Queen of Scots and King Charles II.
Pitcaple Castle is a much extended 'Z' plan tower house that dates back to the 15th century. It was restored during the 1830's and sits in 70 acres of private parkland.
King James II grants the lands of Pitcaple to David Leslie. In order to secure his lands, Leslie constructs the tower.
Alexander Leslie, 4th Laird of Pitcaple, kills George Leith, starting a fued between the families.
Both King James IV, and later, Mary, Queen of Scots visit Pitcaple castle.
Covenater Alexander Jaffray seizes control of Pitcaple from its Royalist Laird.
The Marquis of Montrose is imprisoned in the castle on his way to face trial for treason in Edinburgh. Whilst imprisoned in the castle Lady Pitcaple, being his cousin, shows him a way to escape down the latrine. The Marquis replies 'rather than go down to be smothered in that hole, I'll take my chances in Edinburgh'.
He is taken for trial at Edinburgh where he is executed.
King Charles II visits the castle later in the same year.
Lieutenant-colonel John Leslie, 7th Laird of Pitcaple, is killed at the Battle of Worcester fighting for King Charles II.
When Sir James Leslie dies without an heir, the castle passes through marriage to the Lumsdens.