Near Cockbridge on the current A939 Corgaff was built during the 16th century as a typical tower house with four floors. During the 45 Rebellion the Jacobites used it as a staging post and weapons stash, however the castle was raided by government troops and the weapons destroyed before they could be used. An officer from the raiding party of 100 dragoons and 300 foot wrote :
... over the mountains and Moors almost impassable at any time of the year, but much more so when covered with snow [to a castle] which stands on the side of the Don, where I daresay never Dragoons were before, nor ever will be again, nor foot either, unless Highlanders! Though we marched early in the morning it was past four before we arrived there. We found it abandoned by the Garrison, but so lately, that the fire was burning, and no living creature in the house but a poor cat sitting by the fire.
After the Rebellion Corgarff was altered to take a company of foot soldiers. The inside of the tower house was completely gutted and rebuilt with an extra floor, two small pavilions were added either side of the tower, and a star-shaped loop-holed wall added for protection.
In 1750 Pulteney’s regiment provided the garrison of 45 non commissioned officers and men under the command of Ensign Robert Rutherford. Half of the men were to be patrolling and billeted on the local population, therefore making them unpopular. In a report dated October 12th 1750 Rutherford writes "one of the soldiers…. had his fingers cut very desperately by a fellow in the country…. the soldier says it was because he would not drink the pretenders health…."
By the end of the 18th century the garrison had been reduced to 2 or 3 of the invalids company, and in 1802 it was being rented as a farm house.
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