1390 - Stewart became known as the Wolf of
Badenoch, as after the Bishop of Elgin
excommunicated him for marital infidelity, he
led forces that destroyed Elgin Cathedral, and
much of Elgin Town.
1405 - Stewart was buried at Dunkeld
Cathedral, 56 miles south of Kingussie,
with his Tomb topped with an Effigy in
1689 - Ruthven Castle was destroyed during a
1719 - Ruthven Barracks were built on the
site of Ruthven Castle. The Barracks were one
of a number built throughout the Highlands at
that time to hold Government Troops, so they
could be used to try and prevent more Jacobite
1746 - Ruthven Barracks were partially
destroyed by Jacobite's after the Battle of
1799 - the 4th Duke of
Gordon began the building of Kingussie
where the Gynack Burn tumbles down out of the
mountains. The fast flowing Gynack was used to
power early Weaving Mills.
1800s early - many Crofters moved into
Kingussie for work in the Mills as their land
was used for large scale Sheep Farming.
1800s early - new Road Surfaces and Bridges
led to more people traveling between Perth and
Inverness on Horse Drawn Coaches, with
Kingussie becoming a stopover. The main road
between Fort William and Inverness also passes
Road surfaces at that time were known as
McAdam, differnet sizes of
small stones packed down to make an even
1842 - Queen Victoria begins visiting the
Highlands, with News Papers printing how
facinating she found the area, leading to an
increase in tourism.
1863 - the Railway reached Kingussie.
1891 - Kingussie Golf Club was founded.
1891 - Sir Hugh Munroe completes a list of
Scottish Mountains over 3,000ft, leading to
vast numbers of Hikers visiting the Highlands
to try and hike all of these Mountains.
1893 - Kingussie Shinty
Team was founded, claimed to be the most
successful sporting team of all time.
1895 - a Distillery named Speyside was built
1895 - the first Car was imported into
Scotland for a Glasgow engineer name George
Johnston, a French built Panhard. These early
cars created a lot of dust when traveling fast
over the McAdam Roads.
1902 - Tar was sprayed on the McAdam Roads
to prevent dust, the beginning of modern day
roads, and vast increase in traffic to the
1910 - the Speyside Distillery closed.
1944 - the Highland Folk Museum was
relocated to Kingussie.
1961 - the Aviemore Ski Resort opened north of
Kingussie, leading to the area becomming a
popular winter tourist destination.
Watersports, Loch Insh Watersports, Biking, and
Hiking, have led to the area becomming popular
all year round.
1970s - the first luxury Off Road vehicals
are built such as the Range Rover, leading to
4x4 tours becomming popular in the Highlands,
such as Highland All
Terrain 17 miles southwest of
1972 - the Highland Wildlife Park opened 5
1978 - the first Mountain Bikes are built,
leading to a number of Mountain Bike routes
being created throughout the Highlands.
1987 - the Highland Folk Museum was moved to
Newtonmore 2 miles south.
1991 - the Speyside Distillery Company opened a
Distillery 2 miles southeast of Kingussie, past
Ruthven Barracks. Visits to this Distillery are
by appointment only.