Drummond Castle

Drummond Castle Gardens
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Drummond Castle Gardens

An estate, castle and adjacent mansion in central Perthshire, Drummond Castle lies 2½ miles (5 km) southwest of Crieff and 1½ miles (2.5 km) northwest of Muthill. The castle, which dates from c.1490, comprises an old tower built by John, 1st Lord Drummond, Steward of Strathearn and Justice-General to James IV. Much damaged by Cromwell's forces in the mid-17th century and again during the second Jacobite Rebellion in 1745, Drummond Castle had been extended by the architect John Mylne. It was rebuilt in the mid-19th century. On the opposite side of the paved courtyard stands a mansionhouse erected in 1688 by the 4th Earl of Perth who employed John Reid, author of the first Scottish book on gardening to design a fine garden. The garden was reshaped into a vast formal parterre the 1840s for Clementina Sarah Drummond and her husband the 21st Baron Willoughby de Eresby. Queen Victoria planted copper beech trees when she visited Drummond Castle in 1842. In 1892 the Willoughby de Eresbys were created the Earls of Ancaster, but this title became extinct with the death of the 3rd Earl in 1983. Today, the garden represents one of the finest in Scotland and has provided a filming location for the likes of the time-travel fantasy television series Outlander (2016).

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