Ruthven Castle

Ruthven Castle Digital Reconstruction Looking West (c14th)

Ruthven Castle Digital Reconstruction Looking West (c14th)

Ruthven Castle Digital Reconstruction Looking South West (c14th)

Ruthven Castle Digital Reconstruction Looking South West (c14th)

Digital reconstruction of Ruthven Castle c1398. Before the development of the eighteenth-century Government Barracks, at least two earlier castles stood at the top of the great mound overlooking the River Spey. This digital reconstruction shows Ruthven Castle as it may have looked around the late fourteenth century. This is the castle occupied by Alexander Stewart, the 'Wolf of Badenoch', who likely adapted this from an earlier stronghold belonging to the powerful clan Comyn. Accurately reconstructing this earlier castle is difficult because the Wolf of Badenoch's castle was then rebuilt by the Earls of Huntly - Chiefs of Clan Gordon - before being demolished and replaced by military barracks at the time of the Jacobite uprisings. My visual interpretation is partially influenced by the castles at Balvenie at Lochindorb - also former strongholds of the Comyns which were forfeited after the clan lost power when Robert I seized the throne in 1306. The position of the castle well and water source conforms to its present-day location within the ruinous barracks which we do not think has changed. Commissioned Work. Copyright: Bob Marshall / badenochstorylands.com / Cairngorms National Park Authority 2020. With thanks to Simon Forder (https://thecastleguy.co.uk), Eve Boyle, and Iain Anderson of Historic Environment Scotland for their valued input and feedback.