Ruthven Barracks, Kingussie, Scotland.

This evening, I am posting information on Ruthven Barracks, a ruined British Army ‘Redcoat’ fort which is located near Kingussie in the Scottish Highlands, about forty-three miles south of Inverness. Key facts as follows:

  • Situated atop a glacial era mound which was transformed into a motte on which originally sat a medieval castle constructed by the Comyns in the 13th century.
  • An improved castle was built by the Earl of Huntly post 1450 but this was badly damaged by the Jacobites in 1689.
  • Came under Campbell control in 1647.
  • Current structure built 1721-1734 by the London Government in context of policy to subdue the Highlands in context of Jacobite threat. Designed to house 120 redcoats and 28 dragoons.
  • The strategic importance of the site was assured when military roads were built under direction of General Wade during the 18th century three of which converged at Ruthven Barracks.
  • A force of just 12 redcoats held out against an attacking force of 200 Jacobites in 1745.
  • In February 1746 the Redcoats surrendered to a superior force of Jacobites with artillery following which the fort was razed by the Highlanders.
  • The ruins were a rallying point for the defeated Jacobite army after the Battle of Culloden in 1746 but this initiative was not sustained on instructions of Bonnie Prince Charlie.

Interior of Ruthven Barracks.

Entrance to the site is free and the high elevation affords superb views over Kingussie and the Spey Valley.

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