Dunnottar Castle Photographs
and imposing, on its cliff-top perch, 15 miles south of Aberdeen
in the Grampian Region, Dunnottar Castle is a breathtaking
spectacle, chosen as the location for the film of "Hamlet"
starring Mel Gibson. Between the 9th and 17th centuries
the various fortifications were fought over many times. For
three centuries the castle was held by the Keith family who
were Grand Marischals of Scotland.
Events in Dunnottar Castle History
1297 William Wallace burned alive an English Plantaganet garrison
which was holding the castle. Much later, in 1562 and 1564, Mary
Queen of Scots visited Dunnottar. The safe keeping of the Scottish
Crown Regalia during the siege by Cromwell's Roundheads in
1650 is a famous historical event.
An event of a different kind occured in 1685, when 167 Covenanters
were imprisoned in terrible conditions. The Whigs vault where
these men and women were kept can be seen today as it was then.
After the Rebellion of 1715, the property was fortified and
soon fell into disrepair. Beginning in 1925, however, an ambitious
programme of restoration was undertaken by the first Viscountess
Cowdray. This work is responsible for the present state of the
castle, now maintained by the Dunecht Estates.
Dunnottar Dunnottar Castle is the well-known setting for the novel, Dunnottar. The home of the Keith clan, it is also the home of many secrets--some of the family itself, and some so royal that they affect the history of the entire country of Scotland.
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