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Report - The Bottlebank Mansion - Scottish Highlands - June 2016

Discussion in 'Residential Sites' started by Echoes, Jun 24, 2016.

  1. Echoes

    Echoes 28DL Full Member
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    What a superb, passing by, exploration this was.

    Nestled in the Scottish Highlands, this country house has had many guises, additions and functions over the years.

    Im not naming it as i wish to protect it for undesirables as theres possible future plans for it.

    It began as a farmhouse, but was rebuilt as a shooting lodge in 1875 and further extended in 1891.

    During the WW2, it was one of the few mansions in the area used as a training base by agents of the special ops. Here British agents were taught ruthless techniques of intelligence gathering, sabotage and survival later directly adopted by the CIA.

    The army moved out of the house on 20 August 1942 and it was then taken over by the royal navy, who then left in Jan 1945.

    An account of the owner upon the army's arrival at beginning of the war...

    Christian was also able to become an experienced photographer, and took many photographs of the house and surrounding area. Unfortunately, as film was yet to be invented, these images were recorded on glass plates, and when the house was requisitioned by the military during World War II, many of these were either lost, or destroyed as a result of mis-handling.


    Christian had refused advice to offer or hand over the house for use as a hospital or school, and while in London, she received a telegram with the news that her country house, like many others at the time, had been requisitioned by the military. Although the house was cleared and the contents sent to Fort William for storage, it seems storms had washed away a number of bridges in the area, and that when the lorries carrying the contents encountered a collapsed bridge on the road, the soldiers unloaded the valuable antique furniture from up to three of the lorries in order to bridge the gap and continue on their way.


    Christian Cameron is said to have died of a broken heart after learning that much of the contents of the house had been damaged by the Army when they emptied it. One account suggests she suffered a heart attack as a result, and subsequently stayed with relatives until her death.

    "I found both my houses taken by the military and vans carting the furniture away out of both," she wrote in a distressed letter to her Edinburgh solicitor. "I am waiting here for a few days till I try to see what is happening to my clothes... there are to be 300 soldiers in the Castle and they have taken land on which to erect huts." She never recovered from the shock and died the following year.


    Absolutely disgraceful treatment. The glory of war eh!? :rolleyes:


    In later years it was used for training / instructing commandos, then part of it became a local Post Office and sorting office.

    It was occupied until 2010. It now lays empty , with some hoping to find community use for it.

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    gutted we didnt have time to go inside. Next time!!
     

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  2. dweeb

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    Not bad, I'd like to see that for myself actually...

    Did the dry rot prevent seeing most of the house?
     
  3. Yorrick

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    That's misguided mate.

    You didn't need to name it, with that history it takes less than 10 seconds to find it and even without the history it would still be fairly easy to find.

    If you truly wanted to protect it, you shouldn't have posted it at all.

    Also, it's already on the forum anyway. :rolleyes:
     
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    Looks more like woodworm

    /nerd
     
  5. Lavino

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    Looks a decent explore that.
     
  6. forgotten scotland

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    superb, what a cracking looking building from the outside, a building like that could defo be put to good use, just as long as they wait till urban explorers have a good look round first lol
     
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    I think your report title should read 'Inverailort Castle' instead of a wanky code name?
     
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  9. Ian2000

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    Didn't realise it was that bad inside, pass it often, even when still lived in. Its kept well under scrutiny - you were probably seen but looked innocent enough. The country round there has eyes! Pity they allowed it to get into such a state with its history and all!
     
  10. Speed

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    Can we save this thread as a textbook example of why code names dont work?

    (Have to say a great explore tho, very rare to see one of these manors that still has enough stuff in it to be of interest)
     
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