Friday, 13 November 2009

Huntingtower Castle - 2

Huntingtower appears today as a single building, but it was not always so. Before the late 17th century, when the Murrays attempted to make the medieval castle look more like a regular country mansion, the Place of Ruthven comprised two substantial tower houses standing less than 3m apart. This arrangement was highly unusual, and how it came about is one of Huntingtower’s enduring mysteries. Other buildings, including a great hall, stood beside the tower houses around a courtyard. All were enclosed within a substantial stone defensive wall.


Catholic Mom of 10 said...

I had quite an experience with Deacon Jack! Firstly is it Revd Jack? Are you Revd Peter?

Peter Simpson said...

Deacons do have the title Revd, as they are clergy - but it is basically only used in writing - not in speech. I suppose there is a parallel with priests. If you write to them you would address the envelope as Revd Joe Bloggs, but in speech you would refer to them as Fr Joe. No one would call me Revd Peter!

I am very impressed with all the photos etc. of the visit of Deacon Jack to the Oratory. It must have been a most moving occasion for all involved.