1645 - Fettercairn was partially destroyed
by the forces of the Marquis of
Montrose during the English Civil
War. Montrose fought for the Royals trying
to prevent the Parliamentarians led by Oliver
Cromwell from overthrowing the Royals.
1650 - Montrose was hanged in Edinburgh with
his head removed to be placed on a spike at the
Old Tolbooth by St Giles Cathedral till
1660 - the Stuart Kings were restored to the
throne of England, Scotland and Ireland.
1661 - the body of Oliver Cromwell
was dug up from his burial place in Westminster
Abbey in London. His body was then publicly
executed before being hanged in chains at
Tyburn. His head was cut off to be displayed on
a spike outside Westminster Hall. The head was
removed in 1685 to be used in various
1661 - the remains of Montrose were gathered
together to be buried in St Giles
Cathedral in Edinburgh.
1730 - the Market Cross from Castleton of
Kinkardine was moved to Fettercairn, 2 miles
northwest. Castleton of Kincardine by that time
had been in decline, with little left of the
Town or Castle.
1809 - Fasque House /
Castle was completed for the Ramsay's under
2 miles north of Fettercairn.
1824 - Fettercairn Distillery was founded by
Alexander Ramsay, owner of the Fasque
1829 - hard times forced Ramsay to sell the
Fasque Estate to the Gladstone family, with
William Gladstone of that family becoming Prime
1848 - Queen Victoria and Prince Albert take
on the lease of Balmoral Estate, where they
built Balmoral Castle a few years later.
Balmoral Castle is situated 40 miles northwest
1861 - Queen Victoria and Prince Albert
visited Fettercairn while traveling around the
1864 - the Fettercairn Arch was built to
commemorate the visit of Queen Victoria.
1973 - Whyte & Mackay gained control of the
1978 - Fasque House was opened to the public
as a tourist attraction by the Gladstone's.
2010 - Fasque House was sold to be used as a
wedding and conference venue.
2010 - Balbegno Castle was sold to serve as
a holiday home.