Drum Castle (Grampian) Reviews
Newest Review: ... a son of Erinus, also called Duncan (imaginative or what?), inherited the throne when Malcolm was assassinated in 1034. Now this Duncan was out and about fighting battles and such, and on his way home, he was attacked and killed by his cousin, MacBeth. MacBeth took over the throne, and reigned for seventeen years. Meanwhile Duncan’s sons, at least one of whom was called Duncan, were working in the background canvassing support, and in 1057, defeated and executed MacBeth. Skipping forward to 1286, King Alexander III rode his horse over a cliff. He had no living (direct) male heirs, and an unseemly scrum ensued, with umpteen distant... more
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by - written on 07/03/01, updated on 07/03/01 (Very useful, 158 readings)
Drum Castle was bequeathed to the National Trust for Scotland in 1975, by Henry Irvine, 24th Laird of Drum. That’s a whole lotta Lairds. Drum was possibly the oldest occupied castle in Scotland, and remained in the same family (almost) continuously for six and a half centuries. The Irvine, or Erivine, family go back even further than that. The earliest recorded member that I can trace is Duncan of the Eryvine, who was killed at Duncrub in 965 AD. One of his grandsons, Erinus, married into the family of King Malcolm II, but another grandson, also Duncan, seems to have been the ancestor of the entire Irvine clan. In 1018 he married some bird from the ... Read the complete review
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