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Corgarf or Cargare
Rev [Reverend] Charles McHardy, Manse
Mr James Michie, W [West] Corryhoul
Mr James Symon, School House
William Shaw, Castleton
Mr John Stewart, Auchmore
Gazetteer of Scotland. 1842
068 Corgarf or Curgarf, a wild mountainous district in the upper part of the parish of Strathdon, about 8 or 9 miles in length, and well known to sportsmen for excellent shootings. There is a missionary stationed here, who has under his charge about 690 people; a considerable portion of the inhabitants of the district are Roman Catholics.
Church built in 1836: sittings 350. The mission is supported by Royal County. Corgarf castle, supposed to have been originally built by one of the Earls of Mar, is a millitary station on the road from Edinburgh to Fort George; 21½ miles distant from Braemar.
The present erection is a small oblong building of four stories, with wings, and surrounded by a wall. It was purchased by Government from Forbes of Skellater, in 1746.
The old Castle of Corgarf, which stood on the same site, was burnt by Sir Adam Gordon in 1551, when 27 persons, among whom were the wife and children of Alexander Forbes, perished in the flames. Subsequent to this tragical affair, a meeting for reconciliation took place between a select number of the heads of the two houses, in the hall of an old castle, in these parts probably Dumminor. After much argument, the difference being at length made up, and a reconciliation effected, both parties sat down to a feast in the hall, provided by the Forbes's chief. The eating was ended, and the parties were at their drink, - the clansmen being of equal numbers, and so mixed as had been arranged, that, every Forbes had a Gordon seated at his right hand. "Now said Gordon of Huntly to his neighbour chief, "as this business has been so satisfactorily settled, tell me if it had not been so, what it was your intention to have done." There would have been bloody work, bloody work." said Lord Forbes - "and we would have had the best of it.
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