Doune Castle, Scotland

This evening, my theme is Doune Castle which is located in the centre of Scotland on the banks of the River Teith  and relatively close to Stirling. This edifice gives an impression of strength and solidity. It was built for defence and afforded a high degree of security. The castle seldom changed hands as a function of military action.

Welcoming party at Doune Castle, Scotland

Doune Castle -Rear

Doune Castle -Rear

Doune Castle (Side Elevation)

Doune Castle (Side Elevation)

Key time lines are:

  • Built by Robert Stewart, the Duke of Albany in the 15th century.
  • Became a Royal fortress and hunting lodge post 1424.
  • Served as a dower house for the three widowed Stewart queens.
  • Held out in support of Mary, Queen of Scots until 1570.
  • Ownership in hands of the Earls of Moray since 1590.
  • Occupied by Marquis of Montrose in 1645 and by redcoats in 1689 and 1715.
  • Taken by forces of Bonnie Prince Charlie in 1745.
  • Restored by Earl of Moray in 1883
  • Featured in the film ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’.

Below is an image of the Great Hall.

Great Hall, Doune Castle, Scotland

Inner Courtyard

Inner Courtyard

Doune Castle

Overall, this an interesting castle and worth a visit. It is pleasantly free of mass tourism and coach tours. Here are a couple of video clips of Monty Python inspired fun events:

Video 1

Video 2

Elsewhere today:

  • I collected a couple arriving at Glasgow and took them for  stroll around Rouken Glen park.
  • Attended to some correspondence re upcoming self-drive tour.
  • Posted information on Carson Ancestry, Glasgow to my separate Glasgow Ancestry blog.
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