The families who used to own Muiravonside House are like something out of ‘Boys Own’ magazine, says local history expert David Leask.
The estate passed to the McLeods in 1724 – Alexander McLeod (Colkito), aide de camp to Prince Charles Edward Stuart being the most notable member, who stood by the prince at Culloden.
The McLeod connection came to an end in 1799 and it was bought by Charles Stirling who had 16 children.
The first two sons were Captains in the royal Navy and the third was General Sir William Stirling K.C.B. who served in the Crimea, the Indian Mutiny and the Afghan Campaign.
John Stirling bought it from his cousin in 1883 and it passed through the family until it was purchased by the local council and became Muiravonside Country Park.
The house is no longer there.