About the Castle

Glamis Castle has a fascinating and exciting history. The thaneage of Glamis was granted to Sir John Lyon by King Robert II of Scotland (the first of the Stuart Kings) in 1372.  Glamis was believed to be a royal hunting lodge at the time of its first grant and it was not until the first part of the 15th century that any part of the present structure was built.

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 (the youngest daughter of the 14th Earl), and the birthplace of Her Royal Highness The Princess Margaret .

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

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