Kinloch Castle appeal raises £1,000

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An appeal to members of Kinloch Castle Friends’ Association (KCFA) for financial donations has raised almost £1,000

The KCFA issued a statement last week that said: ‘This is a very short message from the treasurer of Kinloch Castle Friends’ Association to tell everyone that an appeal for money addressed to members at the end of January has raised almost £1,000 – £999.42 to be precise.

‘We need the money to pay for travel and other costs so that the members of the Working Group can continue to meet and continue the fight to save the castle.

‘Thank you to those who responded with sums ranging from £250 to £25.

‘To offer us your support, go to Crowdfunder, Virgin Money Giving, CAFDonate and other means specified on the KCFA website. £1,000 wont be enough, but it certainly helps to keep us going.’

Kinloch Castle is a late Victorian mansion located on the island of Rum, one of the Small Isles. It was built as a private residence for Sir George Bullough, a textile tycoon from Lancashire whose father bought Rum as his summer residence and shooting estate.

The construction started in 1897 using red sandstone imported from Coire Quarry on the Isle of Arran and the castle took three years to build employing upwards of 300 craftsmen. They included stonemasons, carpenters, woodcarvers, stained-glass makers and many other specialist trades. One in particular, however, was almost unique: an electrician, as Kinloch Castle was one of the first private residence in Scotland to have electricity, with a dam constructed on the Coire Dubh burn for hydro generation.

The bill for this exceptional piece of grand architecture and bespoke decoration was approximately £15 million in today’s money.