This evening, I am focusing on Drummond Castle which is located near Muthill in Perthshire, central Scotland. This site attracts visitors as a function of the elaborate and well maintained Italianate parterre gardens. Unfortunately the castle ( Tower House) is not open to the public, which is very unfortunate. The original castle was built in 1491 and then rebuilt in 1653 after a siege by Cromwell’s troops. The building appears to be maintained in very good condition and affords a good understanding of an original, 15thcentury high status tower house constructed with defence in mind.

Drummond Castle

The Drummond family ( Sir Malcolm Drummond) fought on the winning Scots side at nearby Bannockburn in 1314 and remained close to the Scots throne thereafter. The Drummonds feuded with the McGregors which led to the beheading of one John Drummond by the McGregor clan. In the 17th and 18th centuries the Drummonds were on the losing sides, firstly against Cromwell in 1650 and then against Government forces which opposed the Jacobites in 1715 and 1745.The clan lands were forfeited until 1784 and titles not restored until 1830. Today, the castle is the seat of the Earls of Ancaster who are descended from the female line of Drummonds. The building on the right in the image below dates from Victorian times.  

Drummond Castle, Scotland

 

Elsewhere today:

  • I have been working on detailed arrangements for upcoming tours.
  • Helped arrange a large group whisky tour out of Glasgow for October 30th.
  • Posted information on Watson family history to my Glasgow Ancestry blog.
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