Standing stone by Baitland of Airlie
Airlie is a group of hamlets and a civil parish in Angus. It is the seat of the Earl of Airlie, and the location of Airlie Castle. The hamlets of Airlie lie close by the River Isla, which here forms the boundary with Perthshire.
Airlie comprises Craigton of Airlie, Baitland of Airlie and Kirkton of Airlie. There is a standing stone in a field just east of the Baitland; various Pictish and Roman relics (including stone coffins) have been uncovered and the primary school is reputed to have been built on the site of an old graveyard. Airlie also contains one of the finest examples of a Pictish souterrain, in which the carving of a snake is clearly visible in the ceiling.
Airlie Castle is remembered in the song 'The Bonnie Hoose o' Airlie' which is mentioned in Robert Louis Stevenson's novel Kidnapped. The song commemorates the burning of the castle (some of the stonework is still black) by the Earl of Argyll, claiming to act on behalf of the rebel Covenanters, while the earl was away fighting for the cause if King Charles I. However, it is also claimed that Forter Castle in Glen Isla was the "bonnie hoose" destroyed in 1640.
The castle is not open to the public.
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