just over five miles south of the town of Forfar in Angus, Glamis
Castle was originally a 14th century keep which has been extended
extensively over the years. Macbeth was Thane of Glamis but
did not own the castle. King Malcolm II is reputed to have been
murdered in the castle (with blood stains on the floor of "King
Malcolm's Room" to prove the claim).
the 15th century the lands were held by Sir John Lyon, Chancellor
of Scotland who married the daughter of King Robert II. The
castle is still held by the Lyon family, now elevated to the
Earls of Strathmore and Kinghorne. The 9th Earl became a Bowe-Lyon
when he married a Yorkshire heiress. It is the childhood home
of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, the birthplace
of Her Royal Highness The Princess Margaret and the legendary
setting of Shakespeare's play "Macbeth". Though the
Castle is open to visitors it remains a family home.
castle has the reputation of being the most haunted in Britain,
including "Earl Beardie", the 4th Earl of Crawford
who is said to have played cards with the Devil in a walled-up
room. There is a large park, nature trail and garden and statues
of Kings James VI and Charles I still survive. In addition to
the castle, there are exhibition rooms, four shops and a restaurant.
Nearby, the Angus Folk Museum a less opulent but nevertheless
an interesting attraction. There is a Pictish cross-slab in
Glamis village manse called "King Malcolm's Stone" and an interesting thatched Cottage.