Gruoch – The real Lady Macbeth

This is a guest article by Kate Braithwaite. In 1606, or thereabouts, William Shakespeare wrote Macbeth, also known as The Scottish Play, a tragic story of prophecy, murder and madness. In doing so, he created Lady Macbeth, the ambitious wife, inciting her husband to murder in order to attain a throne only to be driven [read more]


Margaret Stewart – Dauphine of France

Margaret of Scotland (Stewart) was born on 25 December 1424 as the eldest daughter of James I of Scotland and Joan Beaufort. She was betrothed to the future King Louis XI of France from an early age as part of a political alliance for Scottish assistance in the war between France and England. Margaret sailed for [read more]

Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon

Glamis Castle opens coronation robes exhibition

Glamis Castle, the childhood home of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen mother, is hosting a spectacular display of royal robes, 80 years since the coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, the Queen mother. Several dresses, robes and coronets worn during the coronation ceremony on 12 May 1937 have been loaned to Glamis Castle for [read more]


Mary of Bourbon – The jilted Bride

Mary of Bourbon was born on 29 October 1515 as the daughter of Charles, Duke of Vendôme and Françoise d’Alençon. The Treaty of Rouen of 1517 between France and Scotland provided for the marriage of a French Princess to the King of Scots. However, it soon became clear that Madeleine of Valois, the daughter of King [read more]