Tullibardine Castle (site of)
Tullibardine Castle was an old castle belonging to the Murray family but was completely demolished in the 19th century.
The Murrays owned the lands of Tullibardine from 1284 and were most likely responsible for building a castle here. Exactly when the first castle was built is not known, however it definitely pre-dated the nearby Tullibardine Chapel which was built in 1446 by Sir David Murray of Dumbarton. On the north transept of the chapel are a pair of heraldic panels carved with coats of arms which have the appearance of perhaps being inserted at a later date. Whether or not they are original to the chapel or perhaps came from the castle I have not yet been able to ascertain.
The castle stood on a slight rise around 400 metres north of the chapel and around 150 metres west of the Tullibardine Chair Tree, a huge ancient oak tree in the Birks of Tullibardine.
Plans for a grand new mansion for the Duke of Atholl, designed by William Adam, seemingly weren’t realised and the castle was dismantled in 1747. The last remains of it were removed around 1833, the stone used to build local farm buildings including those at West Third. Nothing is now visible at the site of the castle which lies in a field, and the rise on which it stood has now been ploughed away.
Alternative names for Tullibardine Castle
Castle of Tullibardine; Tillebairne; Tullibardin