Built by William Ruthven, 1st Lord Ruthven, as the Place of Ruthven, in stages from the 15th century, the two towers were renamed Huntingtower Castle by royal proclamation in the 17th century when David Murray, 1st Viscount of Stormont became its keeper and his family, the Murrays of Tullibardine (see post on 05.09.2021) took ownership.
Despite hosting Mary, Queen of Scots and Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley in 1565, Patrick Ruthven, 3rd Lord Ruthven played a part in the queen's secretary David Rizzio's murder at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in 1566. William Ruthven, 4th Lord Ruthven and 1st Earl of Gowrie helped in Mary's imprisonment and abdication at Lochleven Castle in 1567 and King James VI of Scotland's capture in 1582 but was beheaded in Stirling in 1584. John Ruthven, 3rd Earl of Gowrie and Alexander Ruthven were accused of James' attempted assassination in 1600 resulting in the Ruthvens losing their titles and assets.
Legend has it that Huntingtower Castle, Perth and Kinross is haunted by Dorathe 'Lady Greensleeves' Ruthven, due to sightings of a tall young woman in a green silk dress and whose appearances around the grounds are believed to be a bad omen. 'Lady Greensleeves' was unavailable for comment. 29.08.2021
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