Report by Sandra Millsopp
Dromantine House now belongs to the Society of African Missions and is used as a conference centre. The old manor house was bought by the Innes family in 1737 and this was replaced by a new Georgian style house which was completed in 1810. The house was remodelled in Italian Renaissance style in the mid-nineteenth century. The family left the house after World War I. The Estate was bought in 1922 by a local man who only wanted the land and he sold the house in 1926 to the Society of African Missions.
Gilford Castle was one of three houses built by the partners in the linen firm of Dunbar McMaster. Benjamin Dickson has bought the estate about 1855 and he erected the present castle in the Scottish baronial style. Later it was bought by the Wright family who still live there.