The Ardclach Tower was built by Alexander Brodie of Lethen in 1655. He was a Covenanter, whose religious beliefs ran contrary to King Charles I. In 1645 his home was attacked by James Graham, 1st Marquess of Montrose and again in 1654 by Royalists. As a result he decided to build a bolt hole to ensure that if there was future attacks, he and his family would have somewhere safe to hide. He even had the initials “MGB” that of Brodie’s second wife, Margaret Grant Brodie engraved above the fireplace inside.
The tower was never actual used by Brodie or his wife. The tower was eventually used by the nearby Ardclach Old Parish Church as a detached bell tower.