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Glamis Castle, Scotland. Photo by Linda

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Glamis Castle has a fascinating and exciting history. It has been the family home of the Earls of Strathmore since 1372, when King Robert II (the first of the Stuart Kings) of Scotland gave the castle to Sir John Lyon.

Legends and myths have grown around the castle. King Malcolm II was said to have been murdered here in the 11th century. Lady Janet Douglas, widow of Lord Glamis, was burned at the stake as a witch in 1540 by James V. There is said to be a secret room where a nobleman played cards with the devil himself.

Glamis today looks more like a French Chateau than a medieval fortress, because it was extensively restored in the 17th and 18th centuries. The original tower house remains at the centre of the castle today.

It has, of course, close connections with the present Royal Family, being the childhood home of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother (she being the youngest daughter of the 14th Earl), and Her Royal Highness The Princess Margaret was born here in 1930.

It is the setting for Shakespeare's Macbeth and is referred to specifically :- "Glamis thou art" "and yet woulds't wrongly win: thou'dst have great Glamis" It is popularly believed that Duncan was murdered here by Macbeth


Caption copied from 'Glamis Castle, 5 Star Visitor Attraction in Scotland - History'

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sueswan

You're welcome 48. I think we all enjoy a bit of history and to read about it makes the puzzle much more interesting...Sue

481110

count me among those that love not only the magnificent castle and grounds, but the quite interesting history as well. Thank you so much Sue!

sueswan

Ghosts a plenty here I think. It does have a lot of history some good some bad, what those walls have heard and seen. Glad you all enjoyed the snippet I found about what went on in the passed...Sue

cakes1947

Great castle!! Quite the history with ''witches'' & ''devils''!! There must be ghosts too!!! Thanks Sue!! :)))
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pelross

And another Wow! I love the history, so romantic, yet mysterious. Of course, I just love a good stonework. Thank you, Sue.

bentleyd

wow what a whole lot of history Sue. There she stands in all her glory. A beautiful castle, many
stories to tell. I am so enthralled with your information. This is really a thrill. Thanks so much sue:-)))