This humble dwelling , once known as Mortlach is my neighbour. It was built in the 12th century by the Black Comyns and extended in the 15th and 16th centuries. The castle fell into the ownership of the House of Douglas in the early 14th century when the Comyns were reduced by Robert The Brucs. In turn King James II wiped out the Douglases and it was granted to John Stuart the first Earl of Atholl. Balvenie Castle served as a garrison during the Jacobite Rebellion. It was abandoned in 1720s but was last used by the Hanovarian forces of the Crown (under the Duke of Cumberland) leading up to the Battle of Culloden.