The Lairds of Breadalbane

The laird is the original owner of the land, whose natural power must be very great, where no man lives but by agriculture and where the product of the land is not conveyed through the labyrinths of traffic, but passes directly from the hand that gathers to the mouth that eats it. The laird has all those in his power that lives on the land. Kings can, for the most part, only exalt or degrade - the laird, at pleasure, can feed or starve, can give bread or withhold it. Samuel Johnson A journey to the western isles of Scotland 1775

When the Third Marquis died in 1922 he was one of the largest landowners in Scotland. His possessions covered some 400,000 acres extending across central Scotland from Aberfeldy to the islands of Luing and Seil on the West Coast. In response to a number of economic pressures the 1920s saw the sale of the whole estate including Taymouth Castle.Taymouth castle

The building of the Taymouth Castle as we know it today was begun in 1801 and finished in 1842 on the eve of Queen Victoria's visit. It is has recently undergone extensive renovation for use as an hotel but the development has stalled.

The painting by John Griffier is one of few depictions of the previous castle and its gardens.

The history of the Breadalbanes has been recounted by William Gillies in his meticulous book 'In Famed Breadalbane' from which some key dates and issues relevant to the Fisher story have been selected;

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