This is the old gatehouse to Ardoch House which is still there but it is derelict now. It is called the South Lodge and is on the Buildings at Risk Register.
- Prior to 1690: there was a house called Ardoch House in which Roman relics were kept after they were discovered in the Roman tunnel.
- In 1715 the house was looted by Argyll's soldiers and the relics stolen according to this.
- In 1720 the house was rented for 40 years while Sir William Stirling was fighting in Russia for the Czar's army. The tenant covered the mouth of the roman tunnel with a millstone.
- In 1780 the walled garden was built (see above how I worked it out)
- Was the new house built in 1795 ? The National Archives of Scotland have "Policy of insurance against fire issued by the Edinburgh Friendly Insurance to Sir William Stirling of Ardoch, bt., for his mansion house of Ardoch, newly built" listed here.
- Or was it built in 1793 ? The Scottish Architects website says so and that the architect was William Stirling I (1772-1838)
- In 1816 the stables were built.
- In 1826 there was an additional bit was built according to RCAHMS. This seems to be another bit added to the stables and they were designed by William Stirling.
- In 1828 a new wing was added to the house and was designed by William Stirling II (1789-1876)
- In 1834 it was owned by Major Moray Stirling according to An Account of the Principal Pleasure Tours in Scotland.
- In 1840 The Sporting magazine said there was a fox hunt near the place.
- In 1842 an archway was built by Major Moray Stirling for a visit by Queen Victoria.
- In 1851 there was a murder ! "Isabella Skinner, widow, Age: 18, servant to George Home Drummond, Esquire of Ardoch, of ArdochHouse, Muthill, Perth, Address: Residing with Janet McIntosh or Mearns, widow and lodging housekeeper, Skinnergate, Perth" was accused of the culpable homicide of "James Monteath, near Braco, Muthill parish, Perthshire...in or near Ardoch House, Muthill, Perthshire" according to this. She was found not guilty according to this.
- In 1854 and 1867 and 1876 it was owned by George Home Drummond (1813-1876).
- I found this out about him from here: "George Stirling Home Drummond, of Blair-Drummond, and Ardoch, b. on 1 March, 1813, and succeeded to these lands. He m. firstly on 11 August, 1840, Mary, daughter of William Hay, of Drumelzier and Duns (she d. in 1855), and secondly at Haddington on 7 May, 1863, to Kalitza, daughter of Robert Hay, of Linplum (she d. in 1876). He dsp on 3 June, 1876."
- In 1876 it was owned by his brother Charles S. H. Drummond-Moray (1816-1891). The Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland says that in 1885 "Ardoch House, ¼ mile E of Braco village, is a modern seat of Chs. S. H. Drummond-Moray, Esq., who owns 24,930 acres, of a yearly value of £14,311;" (Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland: A Survey of Scottish Topography, Statistical, Biographical and Historical, edited by Francis H. Groome and originally published in parts by Thomas C. Jack, Grange Publishing Works, Edinburgh between 1882 and 1885.)
- I found this out about him from here: "Charles Stirling Home Drummond Moray, b. on 17 April, 1816, and succeeded to the lands of Abercairney in 1864 and also to those of Blair-Drummond, Ardoch, Millearn and Douglas House on the death of his elder brother in 1876. He m. on 11 December, 1845, to Anne Georgina daughter of William Douglas, 5th Marquess of Queensberry and d. on 24 September, 1891."
- In 1911 the estate was for sale according to RCAHMS
- By 1964: (Added in June 2014) I go an email from Jeremy Price who wrote: "I read your piece about Ardoch House while researching my former home, Little Ardoch, in Braco. I'm expecting to re-visit Scotland later this year after an absence of 50 years. My father, John Price, was General Manager of Kier and Cawder Estates which with Ardoch Estate was owned by Col. William (Bill) Stirling at the time. I was free to roam over the estate provided that I behaved myself and didn't upset the gamekeeper.
I recall that the cellars at the rear of derelict Ardoch House were used as an enormous silage pit; I remember the ice-house next to the lake where I was allowed to use the dinghy to fish in the long summer evenings provided the laird didn't want to use it. Old Tom McNaughton was the gamekeeper before he retired early in the 60's.Also, I remember the Forbes family children Ronnie and Wendy and an older brother who studied Medicine at the time. I'm not sure if that is the same Forbes family to which you refer.Anyway, Ardoch House was standing in 1964 and being put to agricultural use."
- In 1984 the house was derelict.
- In 1989 the house wasn't there any more.
- 1891 Census for Ardoch: Ardoch House - Janet Forbes, 35, head, housekeeper, domestic servant, b Ardoch, Muthill and Blackford, Perthshire. Janet H Bayne, 12, niece, scholar, b Muthill
- 1901 Census for Ardoch: Ardoch Mansion House - Rooms with one or more window: 43. Janet Forbes, servant, single, 45, caretaker and laundrymaid, worker. born Ardoch, Perthsire. Christina Cameron, servant, single, 22, laundrymaid, born Rannoch, Perthshire.
- Also in the census are listings for Ardoch North Lodge, gardener's cottage, butler's cottage, overseer's house, coachman's house, keeper's bothy and keeper's house.
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