Glamis Castle: A Symbol of Scottish Heritage

Glamis Castle in Angus

Located in Angus, Scotland, Glamis Castle is the childhood home of the Queen Mother. It also played a key role in one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays, Macbeth.

The Chapel was built in the late 1700s. It is rumoured that one of the room’s walls conceals a mysterious captive.

Visitors can view a George III mahogany bureau that was the Queen Mother’s and that she used to write her private correspondence.

1. The Queen Mother’s Bedroom

The bedroom was the private home of the late Queen Mother. It’s adorned with carved Scottish thistles and her initials. Also, the bedhead was embroidered by her mother Cecilia.

Located beside a village in Scotland’s Angus region, this luxurious castle is a symbol of Scottish heritage. It has witnessed centuries of royal stories and is steeped in rich history.

The sitting room at Glamis Castle exudes elegance. It’s adorned with family photos and personal items. It’s not often one sees such a warm, comfortable space within an ancestral home.

2. The Drawing Room

The family home of the Earls of Strathmore and Kinghorne, this opulent room boasts portraits of past and present Earls. It also features some beautiful gifts presented to the 13th Earl and his Countess when they celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary. The German silver galleon, for example, is a stunning centerpiece of the room.

It was here that Princess Margaret was born in 1930, making her the first royal baby in direct line to the throne since Queen Victoria. She later became the longest-reigning monarch in British history, so Glamis has quite a few royal connections!

One legend associated with the castle is that there is a secret chamber in which is confined a monster. Another is that the room once contained a vampire who waits for her toungeless victim to return so she can reclaim her blood. The rose named after the castle is Rosa ’Glamis Castle’, a David Austin cultivar with deeply cupped white blooms.

3. The Dining Room

It might be a jumble of red sandstone turrets but Glamis is still a family home and you get the feeling of that throughout the tour. This is especially true in the dining room where a magnificent silver tall ship (a nef) serves as the table centerpiece and the walls are lined with portraits of Earls and Countesses through the years.

This is also where the most playful of the castle’s ghosts lives. He likes to trip people up by sitting on a ledge and sticking his leg out. He is probably more fun to be around than the other one which haunts the chapel.

This spectre is believed to be that of a young boy who was locked in this room to prevent him from running away one night. He never escaped and simply died in the darkness.

4. The Library

The Library at Glamis Castle is home to the heirloom books of the Lyon family. The 19th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne is a regular visitor to the castle, as are his children, wife, and friends.

The rose ‘Glamis Castle’ was named for the castle by English rosegrower David Austin and is a repeat-flowering shrub that produces beautiful pure white blooms. It is a very fragrant rose with a strong myrrh fragrance.

It’s a very beautiful, delicately spicy rose, with a warm confusion of marzipan/almond notes, vintage suede, egg nog and touches of tonka. It’s a great choice if you love a classic rose myrrh, but don’t like the funkadelic leaning of ‘Peace’ or ‘Citronella’. It also works well in a mixed bouquet with white flowers and roses.

5. The Garden

The castle may have its share of ghost stories but the gardens provide a more peaceful escape. The Italian Garden was created by HM The Queen’s grandmother, Countess Cecelia, and is full of serenity and colour.

The walled garden is a favourite of our gardeners and provides the castle kitchen with fresh fruit and vegetables. It also features a gin bothy, one of many around Scotland that were once used as temporary shelter for stalkers and gamekeepers.

From the English rosegrower David Austin, rose ‘Glamis Castle’ has deep cupped white blooms and a strong fruity fragrance. It’s an excellent garden variety for those who like to re-use their planters year after year and will flower from midsummer until late autumn.

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