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"There was an older castle on the site where the present Methven Castle now stands, dating back at least as far as the fourteenth century and modified in its glory days in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. The visible parts of the present building, however, are no older than the reign of Charles I. It is a large and uncompromising square structure with  characteristic early seventeenth-century towers at the corners.

The property was given by Robert I, the Bruce, to Walter, 6th High Steward of Scotland. In the middle of the sixteenth century it was for many years the home of Margaret Tudor,widow of James IV. She died there in 1541 and the property passed to her third husband,Henry Stuart, the father of Lord Darnley, second husband of Mary, Queen of Scots.In 1664 the Castle and estate was bought by Patrick Smythe of Braco, who thereafter styled himself Smythe of  Methven. His descendants continued to live there until only a few years ago.

text & graphic from The Stewart Page
MacGibbon, David, & Thomas Ross
The Castellated and Domestic Architecture of Scotland from the twelfth to the eighteenth century.
5 vols, David Douglas, Edinburgh, 1887-92
The Ecclesiastical Architecture of Scotland from the earliest Christian times to the seventeenth century.
3 vols, David Douglas, Edinburgh, 1896-97

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