to the very fine Doune Castle will learn that it was built
by Robert, Duke of Albany. Robert was the first person to own this enigmatic title
which, unusually, has no relationship with any land. It was later given to the
sons of kings prior to succeeding, or to younger sons (the best available title
short of king). Other Dukes of Albany were Henry Lord Darnley, husband of Mary
Queen of Scots, Charles I and James II.
comes from the Celtic word Alba, the island of Great Britain as opposed
to Ierne, Ireland. When the southern part of Britain became Anglo-Saxon,
the name settled on the Celtic lands north of the Forth and Clyde. Today it
means Scotland and at the Scottish border you’ll see Fàiltegu
Alba, Welcome to Scotland.
is the Anglo-Saxon rendering of Alba (Cf. Brittany, Saxony, Lombardy). The
title was first created in 1398 for the said
Robert Stewart, builder of Doune Castle, second son of King Robert II, who was a ruthless Regent for three
Scottish kings - his father, brother and nephew - who for various reasons were unable
to rule effectively.
Charlotte, Duchess of Albany
Prince Charlie’ latterly styled himself ‘Count of Albany’ and Charlotte, his
daughter by Clementina Walkinshaw, was titled Duchess of Albany in the Jacobite
Peerage. Charlotte herself had three illegitimate children, two girls and
a son, Charles Edward, who became an officer in the
Russian army. He told such tall tales of his origins and adventures that few
believed his claims to royal descent until the 20th century when it was established
that he was indeed who he had claimed to be. He died in 1854 as the result of a
coach accident near Stirling Castle and is buried at Dunkeld Cathedral, where his grave can still be seen. He married twice
but had no children.
But that, apparently, is not the end of the Duchy
of Albany. At least not according to His Royal Highness Prince Michael of
Albany, who styles himself 7th Duke of Albany due to his descent (6G
grandson) from Prince Charles Edward Stuart through Comtesse Marguerite o’Dea
d’Audibert de Lussan - not a familiar name to most. It’s a long story, told at
length by Prince Michael in his book ‘The Forgotten Monarchy of Scotland’,
available from Amazon in paperback £1.64p.
The point from which James IV would have surveyed the Flodden Battlefield 9 September 1513.
Barns Tower near Peebles
The Yair, The Tweed and mallard
January 2019 Picture
Caerlaverock Castle near Dumfries
Glamis Castle was the childhood home of HM the Queen Mother and is a fascinating visit.
Jedburgh Abbey, Scottish Borders
Hume Castle, Berwickshire, looking towards the Cheviot Hills.
The Leaderfoot viaduct in the Scottish Borders.
Clans and Castles guided tours expand to Paris!
Bamburgh Castle on the Northumberland coast is just 90 minutes from Edinburgh
Primroses on the old railway line outside Hawick (Could become the new railway line too).
Hawick Golf Course and Ruberslaw, 15 Feb 2016, with thanks to Ian Landles
St Giles Cathedral on Edinburgh's Royal Mile
Jedburgh Abbey, built by the Augustines 12th and 13th century
The Fairy Bridge on Skye (thank you Jenna Powell)
The Highlander at Glenfinnan Monument (thank you Jill Clover). Bonnie Prince Charlie raised his standard at Glenfinnan on 19 August 1745.
St Mary's Kirk, Hawick on 3 March 2015. There has been a place of worship here since 1183.
Fatlips Castle near Jedburgh, 20 Dec 2014, courtesy of Ed Dabney Photography
Boleskine Cemetery and Loch Ness, 26 Oct 2014.
Wade's (1733) Bridge at Aberfeldy. With thanks to Kerri Rudy, 4 September 2014
Before the Battle Performance at Bannockburn, 28 June
Picture taken at Arbroath on 6 April, the anniversary of The Declaration of Arbroath, 1320: "...for, as long as but a hundred of us remain alive, never will we on any conditions be brought under English rule. It is in truth not for glory, nor riches, nor honours that we are fighting, but for freedom – for that alone, which no honest man gives up but with life itself."
Golden eagle above a Highland Moor, taken 1 March
Floors Castle by Kelso, seen from the ruins of Roxburgh Castle on the other side of the River Tweed. Taken 5 Jan 2014.
The horse in Hawick High Street commemorates a day in 1514 when English raiders were surprised by young men from Hawick who captured their banner.
Hawick Cornet's entourage return from the Denholm 'Ride Oot' , 1 June 2013
Rubha Robhanais, northernmost tip of the Western Isles, 14 September 2012
The lighthouse at Eilean Iarmain on Skye, taken during 'Outlander Tour' 25 May 2012.
Dun Troddan is one of the two best preserved iron age brochs in the country.
Oban Bay overlooked by 'McCaig's Folly'. Photo taken 9 June 2009
13th century Rait Castle. Picture taken 19 April 2009.
Castle Stuart was built by the Earl of Moray in 1625. It now offers luxury accommodation and an authentic castle experience to our clients.
Crichton Castle south of Edinburgh, home of James Hepburn Earl of Bothwell, third husband of Mary Queen of Scots. Taken 10 October 2008
Dunnottar castle looking its best for a Keith from Arkansas, 1 July 2007
Loch Fyne seen from Dunderave Castle, seat of the MacNaughton clan. 6 June 2007