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DARNAWAY CASTLE Darnaway Castle A. Colvin Esq. Factor, Earlsmill
A. Paxton Parish School master at Dyke
Revd. [Reverend] John McEwen Dyke
015.03 Darnaway Castle, the present building was commenced in 1802 and finished in 1812, and is said to be erected on the site of an old Castle of the Same name as the present one. There is a large Hall attached, which the "New Statl. [Statistical] account describes thus 'Forming the back wing of the castle of Darnaway Stands an ancient hall measuring 89 feet long by 35 feet broad. Its lofty roof is supported by massif beams of oak, and resembles those of Parliament House of Edinburgh, and Guildhall London. It is said to have been erected by Thomas Randolph, Earl of Moray. A large table of oak, and a chair of the same material which bear evident marks of great antiquity are still preserved as memorials of the office and hospitality of the Regent." The hall forms the western
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Parish of Dyke & Moy -- Co [County] of Elgin

Sapper C. Darling R.E. [Royal Engineers] reply to Remarks
There was a large Hall attached to the Ancient Castle of Darnaway, and a large Hall still stands on the Site of the old one, but it is all quite modern, with the exception of the interior of the roof which was supported by machinery untill the present walls were built to support it. It still retains the name of Randolph's Hall.

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