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Balnagown Castle
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Balnagown Castle

A photograph of the front of Balnagown Castle as it looked just over a century ago (1901) taken by William Smith, Photographer, Tain. Note the heavily ivy covered walls.
Picture added on 16 February 2004
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Sir Charles Ross
In the 1871 Census for Kilmuir Easter, Andrew Smith aged 20, my 2nd great granduncle, was living here as a lodger at Balnagown Castle Gardens and working as an "Under Gardener Apprentice" to James Fairweather, aged 31, a Head Gardener from Forfarshire. Also working there were Alec Ross age 23, a Journeyman Gardener and William Ross, 18, an Apprentice Gardener, both born Fearn.

Andrew Smith was born at Garrick, one of three children born to Hugh Rose Smith and Ann McCulloch. He moved south somewhere between the 1871 census and his marriage in the Register Office at Kirkleatham, North Riding of Yorkshire, in July 1877. He continued working as a gardener and by the time of the 1901 census is a "Market Gardener, working on his own account" at Coatham, Redcar. He and his wife had nine children, all born in the Coatham/Redcar area. Andrew died in Coatham in 1928 and is buried there.
Added by L.Bathgate on 29 September 2005
Hello, My name is Stephen Ross. Greetings to all and God Bless. I am interested in obtaining information about Balnagown Castle and the original surrounding estate. Any and all suggestions about how to proceed would be greatly appreciated.
Added by Stephen Ross on 13 October 2005
It is so interesting that the 1901 image of Balnagown is the same year that Sir Charles married in Louisville Kentucky US, Patricia Burnley Ellison and took her there to live.
my mother and my father and myself live in huntsville alabama in the US. we believe we are the original descendants of the ross's that migrated here from novascotia. my mom is looking up in the library on the death dates, ill be finding out today if we are... my father and i are the last two we believe... my name is jesse ross and his is joel edward ross.
Anonymous comment added on 16 March 2006
Hello, My name is Dawn E (Nee) Ross, Iam the daughter of Colin Frances Ross, and the Grand-daughter of Captain Charles Ross. Iam interested in the Balnagown Castle and obtaining information in relation to the Ross family tree. Any information would be appreciated. May Love, Peace and Harmony be with all.
Added by Dawn E Ross on 30 October 2006
My name is Marjorie L Ross Jones. My father was Loys Ross b1905-d 1970 bro George Otis Ross, b 1907 d1971. Both born at Lagro, In. Grandfather Charles L. Ross and G Grandfather, William Marshall(Marsh) Ross. That's as far back as I have have traced geneology. I recall my father saying that his ancestors were cast out after a rebelion against England. Can anyone fill me in further,
Added by Marjorie Lois (Ross) Jones on 07 November 2009
Bonjour, mon nom est Diane Dufour ! Ma mère, se prénommait Dolorès Ross, fille de Eugène ROSS... descendant de la lignée de William Ross, venu en Nouvelle-France, lors de la Conquête, en 1760...
Je suis passionnée par l'Histoire de cette Famille et de nos origines... Merci pour tous les documents qui sont édités sur le NET... C'est très important de pouvoir retracer l'origine de nos ancêtres...
Added by Diane Dufour on 14 March 2012
Hi I am A Ross descendent from the US. My name is Barbara Ross, I am interested in any information of the Balnagown Castle. Is it possible to visit?

Added by Barbara Ross on 18 September 2014
Barbara , I worked at Balnagown Castle during major renovations in 1973 before heading off to College. It was then owned by Mohammed Al Fayed ( former owner of Harrods and father of the late Dodi ). He also owned large estates north of Kildary. www.balnagown.com rent out high end properties on the estate. Hope this helps.

Anonymous comment added on 03 November 2016
Is there a different owner? Is it still Mohammed Al Rayed?
Added by Barbara Ross on 08 December 2016
Hello, My husbands is decendant of the Riddle(Riddell)/Urquhart Family and I believe an Uncle John Urquhart worked on the Estate at Balnagown Castle. Love to find out more as well as relatives. Thanks to all.

Added by Brenda on 03 February 2017
I am a descendant of the Ross Clan and would welcome any data related to our heritage. My grandmother's name was Agnes Ross and I have photos of her!
Added by BARRY J. BUTTERWORTH on 20 September 2017
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