William Ruthven abducted King James VI in order to remove him from the influence of his nobles. This became known as the "Ruthven Raid". The king was detained at the Ruthven castle for ten months and was finally released, but William was later arrested in 1584 and beheaded for treason.
This is a trend that continued into the 17th century when the family slowly began to restore its image. The lords Ruthven would eventually be restored, but the castle was not returned to the Ruthven family.
The castle began as two separate tower houses built a few meters apart. The eastern tower was originally a gate-house turned residence and the western tower was built shortly afterwards as a residential tower house. Some say that two Ruthven brothers lived side by side in these houses!
Entrance to East Tower
East Tower Ground Floor
(Probably the Kitchens & Household Work Rooms)
Luckily for us, there were still remnants of the early 16th century décor in the fragmented wall paintings and what is believed to be the oldest painted wooden beamed ceiling in Scotland.
Great Hall 1st Floor
2nd Floor Family Chambers with Garret Above
Connecting Space Between the Two Towers
The Great Hall Plaster Fragment
Coat of Arms for the Ruthven/Erskine Family
Even if you aren’t related to the Ruthven clan, a stop at Huntingtower Castle should be added to your Scotland itinerary!