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Updated 08/19/2019


Drummond Castle Laundry

Drummond Castle is located in Perthshire, Scotland. The castle is known for its gardens.

The lands of Drummond were the property of the Drummond family from the 14th century, and the original tower house was built over several years by John Drummond, 1st Lord Drummond of Cargill, from about 1490. In 1605 the 4th Lord Drummond was created Earl of Perth, and added to the castle. The 2nd Earl of Perth laid out the first terraced garden around the castle in the 1630s.

The castle was sacked by the army of Oliver Cromwell in 1653, during the Wars of the Three Kingdoms. The 4th Earl of Perth was Lord Chancellor of Scotland under King James VII. He began the mansion house in 1689, before being imprisoned following the deposition of King James by William of Orange. He later fled to the exiled Jacobite court in France. The Drummonds continued to support the Jacobite cause in the Jacobite uprisings of 1715 and 1745. The family retained control of the estate until 1750 when the Drummond properties were declared forfeit and seized by the state. The estate was managed by the Commissioners for Forfeited Estates until 1784, when it was sold to Captain James Drummond (later created 1st Baron Perth). He began a number of improvements that were continued by his daughter Sarah and her husband, The 22nd Baron Willoughby de Eresby (17821865). These included the formal gardens and terraces in the 1830s. Queen Victoria visited the gardens in 1842.

Drummond Castle passed to The 24th Baroness Willoughby de Eresby (18091888), and then to her son, The 1st Earl of Ancaster (18301910). The upper stories of the tower house were rebuilt and heightened in pseudo-medieval style in 184253. The mansion was renovated in 1878, to designs by George Turnbull Ewing. The 3rd Earl of Ancaster and his wife, Nancy Astor (19091975; she was the daughter of The 2nd Viscount Astor and The Viscountess Astor), replanted the gardens in the 1950sThe castle is now the seat of The Rt Hon. The 28th Baroness Willoughby de Eresby, the daughter and heir of The 3rd Lord Ancaster.

The tune is attributed to Robert Meldrum.  Meldrum, who was fond of the polka form, was for some years piper to the Earl of Ancaster at Drummond Castle. The laundry concerned is situated beside a burn in a wooded glade below the castle.