Old Photograph Gatehouse Blackhall Castle Scotland

Old photograph of the gatehouse at Blackhall Castle by Banchory, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. The castle was built in 1771, and demolished in 1946. It was held by the Clan Russell and then by the Clan Hay. The surname Russell appears to be derived from rous which means red. The name was commonly found amongst the Normans and French people as the personal name of Rufus. Between 1164 and 1177 Walter Russel witnessed a charter in favour of Paisley Abbey near Glasgow. Mentioned in a charter of about 1180 is John, son of Robert Russel of Duncanlaw. In 1259 Robert Russel witnessed a deed relating to the lands of Threipland. In 1296 Robert Russel appears on the Ragman Rolls giving homage to Edward I of England. The name of Russel came to Aberdeenshire with one Rozel who was an English baron who fought at the siege of Berwick and the Battle of Halidon Hill in 1333. Rozel subsequently settled in Scotland and obtained the estate of Aden. His family was styled Russel of that Ilk.

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