John Walkinshaw Craufurd, 20th Laird,
rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel.
He fought at the battles of Dettingen in
1743 and Fontenoy two years later.
Although faithful to the house of
Hanover, he remained a friend of the
Jacobite Earl of Kilmarnock (Boyd). He
accompanied the captured Earl of
Kilmarnock to the scaffold in London as a
last act of comradeship. He received the
earl’s severed head and arranged
Craufurdland Castle was remodel with a
gothic style frontage in the 1800s.
The present day owners, the
Houison-Craufurd’s, have opened the
Estate to the public with walking,
mountain bike trails, fishing and part of
the castle is available for B&B or