[MR] BBC: Pink Aberdeenshire Castle Restored

Elizabeth Caldwell lizmaekate at hotmail.com
Tue Jan 2 14:38:35 PST 2024

>From the article: "Stonemason Steven Harper told BBC Scotland News: 'Limewash is basically lime putty watered down and diluted to a milky consistency, then we add earth pigments into it which gives it its pink colour.
'There’s around three pigments we put in for the Craigievar pink. But I can’t go into the details because the recipe is top secret.'"

I'm guessing iron rust, madder, and claret (lichen) would get that color to various degrees.   Any other ideas on how to achieve that lovely pale brick color using only natural pigments?  Maybe some ochre?

From: Atlantia <atlantia-bounces at seahorse.atlantia.sca.org> on behalf of atlantia-request at seahorse.atlantia.sca.org <atlantia-request at seahorse.atlantia.sca.org>
Sent: Tuesday, January 2, 2024 4:00 PM
To: atlantia at seahorse.atlantia.sca.org <atlantia at seahorse.atlantia.sca.org>
Subject: Atlantia Digest, Vol 252, Issue 2

Send Atlantia mailing list submissions to
        atlantia at seahorse.atlantia.sca.org

To subscribe or unsubscribe via the World Wide Web, visit

or, via email, send a message with subject or body 'help' to
        atlantia-request at seahorse.atlantia.sca.org

You can reach the person managing the list at
        atlantia-owner at seahorse.atlantia.sca.org

When replying, please edit your Subject line so it is more specific
than "Re: Contents of Atlantia digest..."

Today's Topics:

   1. BBC: Pink Aberdeenshire Castle Restored
      (Garth Groff and Sally Sanford)


Message: 1
Date: Tue, 2 Jan 2024 05:49:40 -0500
From: Garth Groff and Sally Sanford <mallardlodge1000 at gmail.com>
To: Atlantia at seahorse.atlantia.sca.org,  "Garth Groff & Sally Sanford"
        <mallardlodge1000 at gmail.com>,  Garth Groff Sally Sanford
        <sarahsan at embarqmail.com>
Subject: [MR] BBC: Pink Aberdeenshire Castle Restored
        <CAHgmDuDbzrRk0SJpZ_0y=bLAqkib4N1ArfHc6D=eM4qfL5BJPw at mail.gmail.com>
Content-Type: text/plain; charset="UTF-8"

Noble Friends, especially Fellow Scots,

I passed on this story a few days ago in favor of several other things to
post, but today it will finally get its due.

Restoration work on Scotland's famous pink castle, Craigievar in
Aberdeenshire, has just been completed. The castle was closed for several
years while structural damage and water seepage issues were addressed. The
almost Barbie-esque pink stucco (called "harling" in Scots) has been

Castle Craigievar actually dates to around 1600 and was completed about
1625, but it was no folly. Defensive castles were still being built through
the 17th century in Scotland. Craigievar was once surrounded by a curtain
wall with four defensive outer towers and a gate secured by a portcullis
(called a "yett" in Scotland) . Most of the external fortifications were
removed in the 18th century. For over three centuries Craigievar was the
seat of the Forbes clan chief, until it was ceded in 1963 to the National
Trust for Scotland (now called Historic Environment Scotland).

The pink color actually dates to about 1820, and was originally applied to
compliment the building's red granite detailing. Garish, yes, but the
castle is greatly loved by many Scots and it is a popular tourist

Castle Craigievar is claimed to have inspired Walt Disney's theme park
castles. The claim is also made for Mad Ludwig's Neuschwanstein Castle in
Bavaria. You choose. Even though I am intensely proud of my Scottish
heritage, I have to go with Neuschwanstein. Possibly both contributed to
Disney's designs.

The BBC story is at https://www.bbc.com/news/articles/cnkdxl1e8zjo .

More about Craigievar Castle is at
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Craigievar_Castle .

For comparison, check out the Wikipedia page on Neuschwanstein at
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neuschwanstein_Castle .

Yours Aye,

Mungo Napier, Laird of Mallard Lodge  ?
Continuing a crusade to keep Merry Rose relevant and in business.


Subject: Digest Footer

              The Merry Rose Tavern
    List Info: http://merryrose.atlantia.sca.org/
  Submissions: Atlantia at seahorse.atlantia.sca.org
Subscriptions: http://seahorse.atlantia.sca.org/listinfo.cgi/atlantia-atlantia.sca.org


End of Atlantia Digest, Vol 252, Issue 2

More information about the Atlantia mailing list