Letham Grange

A sporting resort associated with a settlement of the same name in E Angus, Letham Grange lies 2½ miles (4 km) north of Arbroath. Developed from 1982, a hotel and club-house are associated with two golf courses and an indoor curling rink which operates during the winter months. The Letham Grange Old Course is 6632 yards (6064m) in length and a demanding par 73 with water hazards on thirteen of the eighteen holes, including a picturesque loch. The New course is shorter at 5528 yards (5054m) and par of 68.

The lands of Letham were granted to one Hugo Heem by the Abbot of Arbroath in 1284 and passed through a number of hands, including those of "Honest George" Dempster of Dunnichen (1732 - 1818). In 1822, three estates were reunited by John Hay, a former Provost of Arbroath, to form Letham Grange. It was Hay who built a fine mansion here in 1830, in a parkland setting at the top of a gentle slope. The architect was the Aberdeen-based Archibald Simpson (1790 - 1847). The house was greatly extended in 1884 by John Rhind (1836-89) for a new proprietor, James Fletcher of Rosehaugh on the Black Isle.

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