The Duthie Abodes
In less than 5 decades, members of the Duthie family had moved house from the hugger-mugger of Footdee to the tree-lined quiet of 3 Albyn Terrace. In 1811, William Duthie was earning 4s/6d per day. When he died at age 72, in October 1861 he left the sum of £70,000 sterling, most of which was used to buy Cairnbulg Castle and the Landed Estate in 1862. The senior, male member of the Duthie family, John, now bore the title “of Cairnbulg” after his name and one of William’s grandnephews became “Sir John Duthie of Cairnbulg”
Originally: a large square Tower with corbelled parapet and angle rounds 41′ x 29’8″, Ground floor perhaps mid 13th century, 14th century at the latest;
Upper Floors 15th century. Ground and 1st Floors vaulted, boulder rubble, original staircase in thickness of the wall, with a meurtriere feature at the foot, upper parts now infilled. Smaller Circular Tower to SW with set back upper floor 1545, made parts of Z-plan arrangement later in the century by linking Wing, jamb with turnpike stair to link with the original Tower added at the same date. Abandoned 1799, the central part of linking building demolished. Towers restored, courtyard wall demolished and link building reconstructed (wider on South than originally) Jenkins & Marr 1896-7 for Sir John Duthie. Harled with margins and dressings, sandstone or local heathen stone at original work, granite at later work. Design of 1st floor S. Windows modified, internal alterations 1966 and some chimneypieces from Tarbat House inserted.
Originally Philorth belonged to the Comyns, confiscated 1306,
Given by Bruce to John Ross, son of Earl of Ross to Sir Alexander Fraser of Cowie 1375; Sold to Robert Fraser of Durris renamed Cairnbulg 1615.
Sold to Col Buchan of Auchmacoy early 18th century.
In 1739 to Alex Aberdein;
To Earl of Aberdeen 1775;
Bequeathed to Gordon of Cairbulg (See Mormond) 1801
Sold to Duthie’s 1862,
Repurchased by the present Lord Saltoun 1934.
Sir John Duthie of Cairnbulg,
John had 6 sons and 3 daughters. John was born in 1817, and William in 1822, Alexander in 1824, Robert in 1831, James in 1835 and George in 1838. The daughters were called Ann, Helen and Mary.
In 1880, “Old John” died. His sons, William, James and Alexander pooled some of their Capital to have a large, ship-rigged, iron vessel built. The “Port Jackson” was 303’ long and listed as 2,132 tons gross. William and Alexander never married and were to die without issue. The Shipbuilding firm had a house flag and a family crest for their vessels. On the flag’s blue base was a white shield with a clenched hand holding a sword aloft. They also had a family motto “Data fata secutus”. It’s meaning, “Follow the fate that is given”, was at odds with the family’s thrusting, business entrepreneurship. The motto and crest is to be seen carved into the stone above the entrance to Cairnbulg Castle.
The 13th century Castle of Philorth, now known as Cairnbulg Castle, Property of the Comyns, came into the hands of the Frasers in 1375. Additions and changes in the 15th and 16th centuries gave the castle much of today’s look. In 1863 the ruin was bought by John Duthie. In 1896, his nephew Sir John Duthie, restored the castle using granite which was his wife’s tocher (dowry) from her father who was a stone merchant. Their initials and motto are over the present front door. Sir John died in 1923 and, in 1934 the late Lord Saltoun, 11th from the 8th Laird, bought it back and modernised it. This fairy-tale type castle is currently the home of the Saltoun family and open to the public by appointment only.
The names entwined are those of Sir John Duthie (ID)and his wife L Fyfe.
Robert Duthie Shipowner 41 Regents Quay (office)
Robert Duthie, Shipowner, York Place, Home, 27 Bon-Accord Terrace.
Overlooking the Howe Burn Hollow
John Duthie Sons & Co., Shipbuilders, York place.
William Duthie, shipowner and timber merchant, Footdee, h. 30 St. Clement street, Office – York Place
‘CAIRNBULG’ Built 1874. Iron Clipper ship of 1567 Tons. Length; 261.3 ft, Breadth; 39 ft, Depth; 23 ft. Built by Duthie of Aberdeen for William Duthie Jnr. Master; Captain Birnie.
Alexander Duthie (of A Duthie & Co. Footdee), Home, Waterloo Quay
Alexander Duthie, Jr. Merchant and Shipowner, h. Kingsland Place, Broadford (Cul de Sac), d 8th March 1853 aged 76 yrs. His wife MARGARET DUTHIE d 5.6.1837 aged 60 yrs. Children
WILLIAM DUTHIE, Advocate, Aberdeen d 3rd October 1858 aged 46 yrs;
JANE POLLOCK DUTHIE d 20th November 1862 aged 49 yrs,
MARGARET DAUNEY DUTHIE d 30th June 1861 aged 40 yrs.
Alexander Duthie, (Advocate) of Ruthrieston, Home, Rosehill
d 24th June 1877 aged 62 yrs.
Duthie, Mrs, sen., of Cairnbulg, 20 Albyn Place
Duthie, Miss, 58 Carden Place