Perth and Kinross

A location and former estate in Perth and Kinross, Battleby comprises a house, farm and conference centre, situated a half-mile (1 km) west southwest of Luncarty. Battleby House comprises one of the principal offices for NatureScot, which runs the Battleby Conference Centre in the former stable block.

Battleby House was built in 1861-63 by Perth-based architect, David Smart, for James Maxtone Graham (1819 - 1901). The Graham coat-of-arms is displayed prominently on an external wall. The property was sold to Sir Alexander Cross (1880 - 1963), the son of a Glasgow politician, who notably cultivated exotic trees and plants in the grounds. The house was used as a hospital during the First World War. It was bought by the Countryside Commission for Scotland (CCS) in 1970, becoming their headquarters. CCS merged with the Nature Conservancy Council for Scotland in 1992 to form Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH). SNH was rebranded NatureScot in 2020. The Battleby Conference Centre includes a 200-seater auditorium.

The farm is operated separately and is the site of a possible souterrain.

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