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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Craigdarroch Castle II

Above is a more oblique view of Craigdarroch Castle than that published a few days ago. Below are portraits from inside the castle of its builder, the Honourable Robert Dunsmuir, and his wife Joan. Robert died before the castle was completed but his wife and ten children lived there for many years. Robert Dunsmuir came to Vancouver Island from Scotland in 1851 as an indentured miner for $5 a week. Thirty-eight years later he died the richest man in the colony, worth an estimated $15 million (valued at about $400 million today). His is an interesting story and Wikipedia has a short biography you can read by clicking HERE.


William Kendall said...

Such an impressive place.

JoJo said...

There's a mansion in Falmouth that reminds me of a smaller version of Craigdarroch Castle.

Penelope Puddlisms said...

What a fantastical beautiful place, like a trip back in time! Lots of room for the children, although ten sounds a bit mind-boggling. :)