A trio of celebrations to mark Glamis Castle’s 650th anniversary has been announced including the launch of the Children of Glamis Exhibition, a Glamis Castle 650th Anniversary Small Batch Scottish Gin and A Glamis Treasury, a celebratory commemorative book.

On March 18, 1372, that the Thanage of Glamis was granted by King Robert II to Sir John Lyon for services to the Crown. Since then, Glamis Castle has been home to the ancestral seat for the Earls of Strathmore and Kinghorne.

Helen Buchanan, General Manager at Glamis Castle, said:

“2022 is set to be a really exciting year for Glamis Castle and we are delighted to be able to celebrate our 650th anniversary with the public over the coming months. The first celebration being our Children of Glamis Exhibition which opens today. We look forward to sharing more details about our anniversary year in the coming weeks.”

Here is a teaser about the upcoming celebrations:

Children of Glamis Exhibition

The castle and gardens at Glamis have been a wonderful environment for children to explore, play and flourish for centuries. This exhibition celebrates the families and childhoods experienced at Glamis. Once the childhood home of Her Majesty The Queen Mother, HRH Princess Margaret was born at Glamis Castle in 1930 and she visited the castle many times alongside her sister Her Majesty The Queen during childhood.

The exhibit will feature childhood dresses and toys belonging to Her Majesty The Queen including Mickey and Minnie Mouse toys which were dressed in wedding outfits by the princesses. Also, stories of the 11 children of the 13th Earl and the 10 children of the 14th Earl including an opera composer and a Wimbledon doubles champion.

Glamis Castle 650th Anniversary Gin

A bespoke handcrafted gin has been created, in collaboration with local gin distillers The Gin Bothy, using natural botanical ingredients sourced in the castle’s Walled Garden including juniper, chestnut, rosemary, cicely and verbena.

A limited-edition classic London dry gin, there will be just 650 bottles, one for every year since Glamis’ ancestral seat was granted.

Kim Cameron from the award-winning Gin Bothy has been excited to work with Glamis Castle on such a special project. She said:

“We are delighted to be able to collaborate with Glamis Castle for their special anniversary celebrations. We hope people will feel a connection to Glamis when they taste the gin, which has been made with 100% natural ingredients grown on the Estate as well as pure Scottish water from the Strathmore Valley.”

The Glamis Castle 650th Anniversary gin is available to purchase in the Pavilion Shop at Glamis Castle.

A Glamis Treasury: A Celebration of the 650TH Anniversary of the granting of the Thanage of Glamis to Sir John Lyon in 1372

Compiled by Glamis Castle’s Head Archivist Ingrid Thomson, A Glamis Treasury features contributions from the Strathmore family, friends from the local community in Glamis and beyond and members of staff, past and present. Contributors were invited to choose a favourite item from the castle or estate and share its significance to them. Objects range from photographs and paintings to furniture, gardens and animals. Through the items, Glamis Castle’s rich history is celebrated in a unique way through people’s personal experiences and memories.

Ingrid said:

“The book was two years in the making and features over 70 entries from a range of people with a strong connection to Glamis Castle. The items chosen are varied and it’s a fascinating way to experience Glamis and its history from different perspectives.”

Due to be published at the end of April, A Glamis Treasury will be available to purchase in the Pavilion Shop located at the castle.

Glamis Castle will now be open to visitors until October 31, 2022 and Friends of Glamis annual passes are available giving families unlimited access for the entirety of the open season. To find out more go to: https://www.glamis-castle.co.uk/friends-of-glamis-members/

Beyond the 650th celebrations, the castle has a busy events calendar including a Mother’s Day Lunch and Mother’s Day Afternoon tea in the Castle Kitchen restaurant on Sunday March 27, 2022.