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Balvenie Castle

Balvenie Castle

Balvenie Castle was built in the 13th century as the mighty stronghold of one of Scotland's foremost barons, Alexander Black Comyn, earl of Buchan (1244-89). It remained a noble residence for over four hundred years.

During that time, the castle developed from the awesome place of strength of a feudal baron to that of a stately dwelling befitting a Renaissance nobleman. That change is most noticeable here at the east front where, about 1550, John Stewart, 4th earl of Atholl (1542-79), broke out of the old defensive shield and had a stately mansion built.

Mary Queen of Scots’ entourage arrive at the castle in September 1562; reconstruction by Dave Pollock.

Website: https://www.hmdb.org/m.asp?m=128236

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Scotland, Morayshire, Balvenie Castle

Related people

Alexander Comyn
John Stewart
Mary I of Scotland

Sources
Posted By: Ray Gurganus

  1. Website:Historical Marker Database;

Updated: 9-12-2020