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Alexander Comyn - Historical Marker

b.abt 1217 — d.bef 6 APR 1290


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 Historical Markers
Scottish Castles

Related locations

Scotland, Morayshire, Balvenie Castle

Related people

Alexander Comyn
John Stewart
Mary I of Scotland

Posted By: Ray Gurganus

Updated: 9-12-2020
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