Drumlanrig Castle. Canvas Print of Drumlanrig Castle (762mm x 508mm / 30in x 20in).
the ‘Pink Palace’, is the Dumfriesshire
home of the Duke of Buccleuch, a unique example
of late 17th century Renaissance architecture in
sandstone, built in the site of an ancient stronghold of
the Douglases. The castle houses an internationally famous collection
of art treasures, which includes works by Rembrandt, Gainsborough
and Holbein, and a
Madonna thought to be the only one by Leonardo da
Vinci in a private collection. The drawing-room has a cabinet
presented by Louis XVI to Charles II, and the front hail has
a tapestry believed to be the work of Mary, Queen of Scots.
The Castles of Scotland. The main function of the castle was defensive, to protect the laird and his family from their enemies, in as comfortable surroundings as possible; but the castle also served as the centre of administration of the laird's lands, where tenure, economy and trade were controlled. "The Castles of Scotland" is the most complete and comprehensive guide available to the nation's wealth of castles. This new edition is the culmination of 10 years' research, and covers more than 2700 castles as well as mansions and historic houses, all alphabetically organised, with detailed maps, visiting information, illustrations, and anecdotes of hauntings and family histories. This is the 'bible of Scottish castles', an absolute must for all castle enthusiasts and anyone interested in Scottish history. The Castles of Scotland.
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