Have you ever attended a wedding at one of our beautiful Historic Scotland sites? Add your own story in the comments below if so. This particular #InterpretationWeek
story is about a winter wedding that happened at #Kildrummy
Castle, way back in the 1400s.
For one of the new #interpretation
panels that we’re developing for #KildrummyCastle
(soon to be installed), we worked with experts, historians, and artist Peter Bull to reveal more about who lived there and, in particular, visualise what the castle might have looked when this winter wedding took place on 4 December 1404.
The bride was Isobel, Countess of Mar and ruler of a great estate. Her groom was Alexander Stewart, nephew of the king. Carefully chosen witnesses looked on, including the Bishop of Ross and the lairds of Isobel’s earldom. Historians once thought Alexander forced Isobel into marriage, but new studies suggest that Isobel arranged it herself so as to place a strong highland leader at the head of her estates.
A charter recorded the marriage ceremony in extraordinary detail – which is great for us. In the August of that year, Countess Isobel had granted her earldom to Alexander. Then, on the day of the wedding, Alexander handed Isobel the keys to Kildrummy by the castle gates, formally giving her back everything she had bestowed on him. Holding the keys, she publicly chose him as her husband.
Join us tomorrow as we look at a very different part of Kildrummy’s history: the 1715 Jacobite Rising.
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