Vayne Castle

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  1. Ian Topham says:

    Re: Vayne Castle
    According to ‘The history and traditions of the land of the Lindsays in Angus and Mearns’ by Andrew Jervise (1853) ‘Popular tradition ascribes the erection of the castle of Vayne, or the old manor-house of Fern, to Cardinal Beaton, whither he is said to have resorted "for less consistent purposes than the fulfilment of his vow of celibacy," and a deep black pool in the river Noran, near the castle, is called Tammy s Pot, from a story that one of his sons, whom he had by a Lady Vayne, fell over the precipice and was drowned in it. Such is the tale; but, as shown in tracing the history of the transmission of the barony of Fern, Beaton never had any proprietary interest in the parish.’

    The castle of Vayne stands on the north bank of the Noran,at the most rocky and precipitous part of the stream; between it and the stream there is a natural terrace- walk along the top of the rocks, where the lords and ladies of other days could muse unseen amidst a mass of wild and imposing scenery. The castle was originally three stories high, with a circular tower or staircase in the south-west corner, and is built of the soft red sandstone of the district. The workmanship has been very indifferent; still, although a total ruin, the only part presenting the original height being the gable-wall on the east, its former extent can without difficulty be traced. In the time of Earl Robert of Southesk, the castle was greatly improved; and, immediately subsequent to these alterations, Ochterlony described it as "a very good house, called the Waird, well planted, good yards, the house presently repaired by him [the Earl of Southesk], and well furnished within; it hath an excellent fine large great park called the Waird."