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posted 02-20-2002 10:06 AM           Edit/Delete Message
Lanrick castle was a castellated mansion of the 19th century built by the tea tycoon William Jardine. It incorporated part of a tower house of much earlier date which had been a home of the Haldanes of Gleneagles, then the MacGregors. This famous landmark which stood close to the A84 between Stirling and Callander, just north west of Doune, was a B listed building, subject to the protection of the law due to it's historical importance and architecture.
According to a newspaper report today, the building was demolished by it's owner at the weekend, without the appropriate permissions and with a complete disregard for the law.
The owner now faces prosecution. He claims that the building (which had lain unoccupied) had been damaged by recent storms, and was in a dangerous condition.
According to the report in the 'Daily Record' a source at Stirling Council has said 'What he has done is illegal, unauthorised, and unpopular'
'You cannot have landowners going around thinking they can take the law into their own hands'.
My personal view is that the events have again highlighted the conflict in rights between private landowners, and the rights of the general population to have their culture preserved. In this case the one appears to have disregarded the other without consultation. Let us hope these events are not a stimulus for further like minded actions.
Also see this, on the BBC, http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/uk/scotland/newsid_1829000/1829687.stm
(thanks to Fergus Maitland for the link)

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