Growing up in latvia we had to be creative. there were no playgrounds in my childhood, maybe you 'll get an old rusty slide but that's it, so i and my friends spent half of our lives exploring abandoned houses, rooftops and construction sites. always being told off by adults for being there, meeting sketchy people, being scared to death by "ghosts" but still coming back for an adventure. we all grew up and moved on but that joy of entering an abandoned house is still with us. in latvia, we have toooons of them- from ghost towns and forgotten summer camps to schools and abandoned tuberculosis hospitals. my friend @jusjka travels around baltics and europe to visit abandoned places and prepared her fav ones to visit when i am home.
i am not even kidding i almost peed my pants, this house was so scary, no way in hell i would go there at night. would you?
planning to explore abandoned amusement park next! #abandonedplaces#latvia#latvija#baltics#visit_latvia#enjoylatvia#thisislatvia#latvijasskati
Strathbogie, the original name for huntly, was granted by king william the lion to duncan, earl of fife around 1190 as a reward for his support in crushing a rebellion in moray. he most likely built the first castle on this site.
the fifes of strathbogie lost their lands and titles in 1314, after siding with the english at the battle of bannockburn. the victorious robert the bruce granted strathbogie to a loyal supporter, sir adam gordon of huntly.
around 1445, alexander, 2nd lord gordon, was created earl of huntly and became the king's chief lieutenant in north east scotland, responsible for fighting the black douglases.
however, by the mid-16th century the wealth of the earl of huntly was starting to be seen as a threat. after the 4th earl continued to hear the mass despite its ban by the reformation act (1560), a royal army was sent north to deal with the earl. he died in an accident on his way to edinburgh to answer for his actions but, not to be denied a court hearing, the government put his embalmed corpse on trial for treason.
despite the fate of the 4th earl, the gordons remained in control of the castle and also continued their support for the catholic cause. george gordon, fifth earl of huntly supported the catholic mary, queen of scots in the civil war of 1568. however, following the earl’s role in the spanish blanks plot, james vi took action, forcing the earl to flee to france. the king and earl were later reconciled in 1597, with george gordon being created marquis of huntly.
the castle was sufficiently intact to be used as a garrison for government troops following the 1745 jacobite rebellion but thereafter it drifted into ruin. it was placed into state care in 1923.
image by @pinkrachelc