Barracks on the Hill by Tom Gomez

Another old shot from April 2005. Ruthven Barracks outside Kingussie in the upper Spey Valley in the Heart of the Scottish Highlands.

Ruthven Barracks was built by the Hanoverian Troops in 1719. It was built as a defence for the area after the Jacobean Rising in 1715.

The building now lies as a ruin after the roof was burned when the barracks were captured by the Jacobean Army in 1746, although the main areas, used as stables and as a residential block are still intact.

Ruthven Barracks is a Category A Listed building (HB Number 7659).

Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S7000 (state of the digital art in 2005 – hehehe)


Related shots can be found at: Castles and Highland Scotland

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    BLYTHARTover 4 years ago

    Great photo Tom. I guess this was built to keep the horrible English out. I better add that I am English, for the benefit of anyone else reading this who thinks I am being racist :)

  • Hehe, given the location of the barracks, I can see why you would think that, however, the exact opposite is true.

    After the 1715 Jacobite uprising, the Government decided to tighten its grip on the Highlands by building four fortified barracks in strategic locations. Ruthven Barracks was one of them. From here and other locations througout Scotland where Government troops were barracked, the destruction of what was essentially Scottish, its culture, dress, language and even playing of the bagpipes was brutaly repressed.

    It is also generally believed that a considerable amount of genocide was committed by these troops on the unarmed men, women and children of the Highlands. It is no wonder that the English are treated with suspicion even today.

    – Tom Gomez

  • David Davies
    David Daviesover 4 years ago

    What a fascinating place, Tom. Well done! Thanks for the narrative. Bloody English! lol

  • Cheers David, it is a wonderful place and we had it all to ourselves …

    – Tom Gomez

  • klikker
    klikkerover 4 years ago

    I worked in Aviemore in the hotel trade years ago. This brings back memories Tom. Thanks.

  • Cheers Nick, it is well worth a visit, but you have to understand that it was essentially a place built by an Englih dominated Government in order to suppress the Highlanders and keep them in their place …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Jadon
    Jadonover 4 years ago

    This is fantastic the lead in right up to the castle..

  • Cheers young Jase, it had a short, but fascinating history (completed in 1721 then destroyed in 1746) …

    – Tom Gomez

  • madvlad
    madvladover 4 years ago

    like bar-knee-callz on a beach rock
    holdin on to the past
    as if it was gold
    not dust and rust
    of yesterdays flooies
    and waste

  • Scotland is covered in these relics of a time gone by Vlad.

    – Tom Gomez

  • Sean Farragher
    Sean Farragherover 4 years ago

    great shot

  • Thank you kindly Sean …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Terence Russell
    Terence Russellover 4 years ago

    Wonderful perspective!!!!

  • Thank you Terence, much appreciated …

    – Tom Gomez

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    NatureGreeting...over 4 years ago

    BEAUTIFUL!! :)) Carolyn

  • Thank you so much Carolyn …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Charmiene Maxwell-batten
    Charmiene Maxw...over 4 years ago

    what a great shot!!

  • Thank you kindly Charmiene …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Phil Thomson IPA
    Phil Thomson IPAover 4 years ago

    An excellent image from a perfect POV, adding to the defiance, steadfastness and grandeur of the place, Tom!!!

  • Thank you so much Phil …

    – Tom Gomez

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