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Banff, Duff House Mausoleum

Date 1: 16/09/2018
Date 2: 01/01/0001
Tags: Open Weekends

16 September 2018

Built on the site of a Carmelite burial ground this Gothick structure houses the remains of the first five Earls (starting 1705) and other Duff family members, with several interesting memorials. Outside is a tomb that used to be in Banff cemetery and falsely used by the 2nd Earl to claim a family connection to Robert the Bruce - with an interesting linked story involving the Carmelite monks from the nearby Mount Carmel. The Mausoleum is in an extremely peaceful and picturesque location above the River Deveron - so much so it has been used for weddings - but also contains several excellent examples of quite early Coade stone, an 18th century artificial stone that can weather extremely well - even here after more than 200 years in what is perhaps the most northerly example.

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