Ruthven Barracks

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Ruthven Barracks

 

Supposed to be the remnants of glaciers at the end of the very last Ice Age, Ruthven Barracks is a spectacular and nicely balanced mound. The regularity of its proportions supposes that humans have helped in making it so. The Ruthven Barracks overlooks the location of an ancient ferry and ford between it and present-day Kingussie.

Hanoverian soldiers built Ruthven barracks in 1719. Its main purpose was for defense against the Jacobites after their rise in 1715. In 1745 to 1746, the barracks were tested again when a small number of men won against an army of Jacobites during the rebelionís early days.

After the Jacobites were defeated at Culloden, the Ruthven Barracks were their final rallying point.

It was during this time that the men got word that the rebellion was all over and that Bonnie Prince

Charlie had escaped to France.

Because of its prominent location, the hill had been employed about 5 centuries previously.

This was when the Comyns built a castle during the thirteenth century. The notorious Wolf of

Badenoch later took over the castle.

The Ruthven Barracks is presently in ruins after the burning of the roof after it was captured in 1746

by the Jacobite army. The main areas employed as stables and as a housing block are still standing.