This evening, my theme is Balvenie Castle, Speyside.

This substantial castle is located close to Glenfiddich Distillery and Balvenie Distillery.

Balvenie Castle

Key facts:

  • There is believed to be a pit close to the castle walls which contains the bones of a Viking army destroyed by King Malcolm II of Scotland in the Battle of Mortlach (1005).
  • This castle had a relatively peaceful history with no sieges.
  • The castle’s location is of strategic importance, sitting above the waters of the Fiddich, due to control of communications between Aberdeenshire and Starthspey.
  • Originally owned by the Black Comyns, then Black Douglas in early 1400s, then the Stewart Earls of Atholl and finally the Duff family until 1718.
  • Mary Queen of Scots visited in September, 1562.

Elsewhere today:

  • I have been busy planning whisky tours and related matters.
  • Posted information on Anderson family history to my GlasgowAncestry blog.
  • Weather in Glasgow warm and sunny (for the time of year).
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