Glamis Castle (pronounced “Glamz”) was begun as early as the eleventh century and has a long and storied history, but today it is most famous as the childhood home of Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, who became the Queen Consort of King George VI of the United Kingdom and later the much-beloved Queen Mother of the present monarch, Queen Elizabeth II. Queen Elizabeth’s younger sister, Princess Margaret, was born at Glamis Castle.
In Scotland Glamis Castle is second only to Balmoral Castle as a stop on a tour of royal residences. The current owner, the Earl of Strathmore, is the queen’s great-nephew. His family, the Lyons, has owned this Scotland castle since 1372, when it was gifted by Robert II of Scotland to Sir John Lyon. The present Earl maintains the Glamis Castle library, the royal apartments, and the sculpted grounds.
In Scotland Glamis Castle is somewhat architecturally unique, resembling a French chateau like Chenonceau more than a medieval fortress like Stirling Castle. There has been some kind of fortress on the site for over a 1,000 years and the medieval turret at the center of the castle main keep of the castle dates from the 1300s. Most of the current Glamis Castle, including the majestic towers, was built the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, when the building was no longer used as a defensive structure.
In Scotland Glamis Castle is as famous for the mythology surrounding it as for its history. Shakespeare named his tragic hero Macbeth Thane of Glamis, and for many years this Scotland castle was thought to be the site where Macbeth murdered King Duncan. (Duncan’s ghost was even rumored to haunt Glamis Castle.) Other ghosts are also supposed to haunt Glamis Castle library and its many halls and rooms. A seat in the castle’s chapel is reserved for the legendary “Grey Lady”; a long-dead Earl is said to still be playing a game of cards in one of the bedrooms; the ghost of Lady Glamis, who James V had burnt as a witch, has been “sighted” haunting the halls; and the body of a deformed child is supposedly still resting in a bricked-up room.
Like Brodick Castle on the Isle of Arran, Glamis Castle features on the Bank of Scotland’s banknotes. Glamis Castle is located about 12 miles north of the major Scottish city of Dundee,

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Taken on film, with Pentax.
Converted to digital.
Textures from my p/f.

Wendi is a fine art photographer currently living on the west coast of Canada. Her work has been published internationally in Australia, Canada and the United States.

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  • Malcolm Chant
    Malcolm Chantover 4 years ago
    beautiful effect you’ve worked on this Wendi love the narrative so informative
  • Thank you my dear, Malcolm…..very pleased.

    – Wendi Donaldson

  • Andrew Paranavitana
    Andrew Paranav...over 4 years ago

    That’s fantastic Wendi, love the texture and tones in this, takes us right back in time!

  • Andrew, really pleased you like this one – means a lot….thank you my friend!

    – Wendi Donaldson

  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKover 4 years ago

    Fantastic work Wendi. What a magnificent place. Don.

  • it certainly is a magnificent building…with great history too, as are all these places in the UK. You’re so lucky to be there. Thanks heaps, Don.

    – Wendi Donaldson

  • garts
    gartsover 4 years ago

    What a great place, lovely work Wendi. Must go through my old Pentax photos too one day.

  • Ah yes, amazing what lurks in the deep!! Thanks Adrian…pleased you like it.

    – Wendi Donaldson

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...over 4 years ago

    beautiful image

  • Thank you kindly, Kathy.

    – Wendi Donaldson

  • Sharon House
    Sharon Houseover 4 years ago

    I love the textures and moody tones of this Wendi – great work my friend!!

  • Thank you my dear, pleased you found it!

    – Wendi Donaldson

  • sarnia2
    sarnia2over 4 years ago

  • Thank you very much sarnia!

    – Wendi Donaldson

  • Terry Mooney
    Terry Mooneyover 4 years ago

    great shot Wendi, driven past this place so many times, and that’s how i always see it. it just feels haunted.

  • Oh lucky man, having this on your route!!! Guess you were right about it being haunted from what the notes said. I didn’t know that tho’. Pleased you found it. Cheers.

    – Wendi Donaldson

  • Rajveer Kumra
    Rajveer Kumraover 4 years ago

    Great work !

  • Many thanks rajveer!

    – Wendi Donaldson

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeover 4 years ago

  • Thank you Audrey.

    – Wendi Donaldson

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