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Cottages in Scotland on Walkhighlands

McCaigs Tower

McCaigs TowerThe building of McCaig's Tower was down to John Stuart McCaig (1824-1902) who was responsible for it's construction over a five year period from 1895 until his death in 1902. His idea was to keep local stonemasons employed during the winter months and to provide a McCaigs Towerlasting monument to the McCaig family. The original plan was that the structure would have a roof enclosing an art gallery, another central tower with statues of the family in prominent positions.

By the time McCaig died and having spent five thousand pounds - a considerable sum in those days - only the outer wall had been completed and he made provision in his will for one thousand pounds a year towards the completion of the project. Surviving family members had other ideas for the money and the will was successfully challenged with the judge describing McCaig as 'eccentric testator'.

 

 

 

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