Old Photograph Braal Castle Hotel Scotland

Old photograph of Braal Castle Hotel located by the River Thurso north of the village of Halkirk, Caithness, Scotland. In 1450, the original castle was bestowed by King James II upon Sir George Crichton, Lord High Admiral of Scotland, who was briefly created Earl of Caithness in 1452. In 1455, the earldom and castle were granted by James II to William Sinclair, Baron of Roslin and Lord Chancellor of Scotland. The castle passed to the Sinclairs of Ulbster, a branch of the Sinclair Earls of Caithness, in the 18th century. The Sinclairs began the building of an adjacent mansion, although construction was abandoned. In 1856 a hotel was built over these foundations. This building was requisitioned by the Armed Forces during the Second World War.

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