Doune in Perthshire, Scotland, United Kingdom
Fit For A King
This mighty fortress was a powerful statement of the Duke of Albany's status as governor of the Scottish Kingdom.
Strong and defensible yet with luxurious accommodation, Doune was every bit the royal residence. Albany ruled on behalf of three successive kings and this impressive castle proclaimed his importance as the man who ran the kingdom.
1. Gatehouse tower: As ruler it was important for Albany to be well protected. The main entrance was heavily defended with solid wooden doors and cross-barred iron gates.
2. Great hall: The main reception room, used for hosting feasts and large gatherings. From the courtyard you can see the four-light window that illuminated the high table.
3. Duke's hall: A more intimate space where Albany entertained small parties of distinguished guests. The double fireplace is unusual and a sign of the duke's importance.
4. Upper room: With an oratory for private prayer, this may have been duchess's hall. But it could also have been the duke's private chamber, where he slept and met his closest advisers.
5. Kitchen: Food was prepared here, then passed through the hatches and taken along the service passage to the great hall, or to the duke's hall beyond.
6. Postern gate: Albany's staff probably used this door to bring goods and
Did you know...
The carved water spouts adorning the north courtyard wall would have once been painted bright, bold colours such as red, blue and gold.
Below: Doune Castle as it may have looked in about 1407. Clues in the stonework suggest Albany meant to build south and west ranges. But we do not know if his grand design was ever fully realised.
Erected by Historic Scotland.
Location. 56° 11.101′ N, 4° 3.011′ W. Marker is in Doune, Scotland, in Perthshire. Marker is on Castle Hill. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Doune, Scotland FK16 6EA, United Kingdom.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 24 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Holy Grail (a few steps from this marker); The Battle of Stirling Bridge (approx. 9.4 kilometers away); National Wallace Monument (approx. 9.7 kilometers away); Battle of Bannockburn (approx. 12.4 kilometers away); Antonine Wall Rough Castle (approx. 23.8 kilometers away); The Antonine Wall (approx. 24 kilometers away); The Northern Defences (approx. 24 kilometers away); a different marker also named The Antonine Wall (approx. 24 kilometers away).
Categories. • Forts, Castles •
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