Sunday, 9 April 2017

Joined in Putting

I was delighted to be sent some scans of an article in last week's Dundee Courier, dated 6th April.  This was a letter sent in by a David Storrier of Edinburgh, reminiscing on time he spend with his grandfather at Burnside of Balintore, opposite the gate lodges at Balintore Castle. David enjoyed games of putting with Lady Langman, who stayed at the castle during the summer season.

Lady Langman just so happens to be my favourite previous occupant of the castle. She is the one person who seems to have injected some positive energy into the building, during its long history of neglect. The fact that she played putting with the locals supports the stories I have heard that she liked to throw parties! The article also mentions the gardener Will Crowe. I have heard from other sources that "Willie" was the last person who actually lived in the castle, using the still room in the basement as his bedroom.

The first photograph shows David's grandfather James Storrier. In the background is a clear view of the gates that once existed between the gate lodges. I have never seen these before - they are presumed long gone. I have manged to find digital copies of the article's text and photographs online, and have included these below. Finally, there is camera shot of the printed article showing the components in their published configuration. I would love to know if David Storrier has any more information, does anyone out there have a contact?

James Storrier in front of the castle's gate lodges

Joined in putting

“An item in a recent Courier Weekend magazine about Balintore Castle interested me,” writes David Storrier of Edinburgh.
“My grandparents lived across the road from the castle gates at Burnside of Balintore where my grandfather, James Storrier, bred blackface sheep.
“I spent many summer holidays from Glasgow staying with my Aunt Susan and going up to the castle with her to visit Will Fenton the gamekeeper and his wife. They lived in a cottage behind the castle.
“On a summer evening, Will Fenton, Will Crowe the gardener, Joe Lindsay the farmer at Balintore Farm and his shepherd Duncan Brown and myself would play a game of putting on the green beside the castle.
“A Lady Langman, who I think was a sister of Lord Lyell, would come up from England and stay for a few weeks and very often joined in the putting.
“The castle had its own hydro electric supply provided by a dam on the hill behind the castle, the water flowing down to a generator at the foot of the hill below Balintore Farm. This was many years before electricity came to the glen in the 1950s.”

historic photo of Balintore Castle

scan of article in Dundee Courier


  1. Totally love this place and love seeing the old pics of her in her glory standing proud ๐Ÿ˜

  2. Isn't is great when stuff like this just shows up!

    I am excited for you!

  3. Just wanted to say that I found your wonderful castle whilst walking in the hills surrounding it on 8th April. Walking is my passion and I am never disappointed in what I might find in the Great Outdoors, whether it be flora, fauna or fairytale castles, as is Balintore. I congratulate you on your enthusiasm, enterprise and audacity in taking on such a mammoth task in trying to save this amazing mansion. Forgive me if I say "you must be mad", but it's a wonderful, eccentric, one in a million, right kind of maif yin trying to save Balintore for future generations. I was completely bowled over by the place, its position, its towers and turrets, in fact everything about this grand old pile. I do wish you good luck and hope things go to plan in the future. I will be watching your blog with interest, keep up the
    good work. With kind regards from a lover of fine architecture, who also loves to walk.

  4. The unintelligible "maif yin" as noted above, should read, "man when", in case you couldn't work that one out.

  5. Hello there, I am very much interested in following your restoration. Can you please let me know how to follow your blog. Thank you.

  6. Nice story, I new Susan Storrier. I lived and grew up at Westerton Balintore during the sixties. My Mother was friends with Susie as I knew her as. I done Bob a Job when I was in the Boy Scouts for her was always very nice to me and always gave me a cake to eat when I visited. Also remember Joe Lindsay as well. Gamie had changed by that time believe his name was Drummond.