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The Drummonds of Strathearn - their Castle , Rob Roy and a King's mistress !

The Keep

 Picture posted on Facebook by David Cowan  of Crieff

From my collection - pic from about 1890
Who were the Drummonds ?

Clan traditions credit the founder of the clan as Maurice of Hungary, a Hungarian prince descended from Árpád, who is said to have accompanied Edgar Ætheling, heir to the English throne, and his sister Saint Margaret of Scotland, when they sailed there in 1066 to escape the Norman conquest of England.
This disregards accepted history that Edgar and Margaret were brought to England in 1057 by their father, Edward the Exile: Edward died immediately (some say he may have been murdered), and his children lived at the Court of England's King Edward 'the Confessor' with their mother Agatha. Edgar, about thirteen in 1066, was elected king of England after the battle of Hastings and the death of his cousin King Harold II, but together with the rest of the English government submitted to Guillaume (William) of Normandy, afterwards King of England, at B…

The History of the Broich Cursus Gradually Unravels !

Dr Brophy points out the extent of the Broich Cursus 

Crieff High School pupils lay out the plan of the Pittentian Round house   

The growing importance of Strathearn as an area of significance ina Neolithic Scotlandwas further emphasised last week with thevisit to the Campussiteby Dr KennethBrophy of GlasgowUniversity and his archaeologist colleague Ally Becket of Northlight Heritage . The visitationwaspart of the Perth and Kinross Archaeology Month organisedby the Perth and Kinross Heritage trust . Apartfrom thesignificance of the Cursus datingback to 3000 BC a number of recent findsthroughout the Strath have nowfirmly established this part of Perthshire as something uniquein the long path to Scottish nationhood .

Ally Becket discussed in some detail thePittentian roundhouselocatedduring thepre construction work on the Beaulyto Denny overhead power line . It was graphically illustratedto an appreciative audience thesize andtype of constructioninvolved .Thanksto thecooperationof th…

The Carpow Logboat a late Bronze Age gem plucked from mud banks of the River Tay

 The Carpow Logboat  It is quite astonishinghow much ofour early pastis being revealed thanksto the fastidiouswork ofour dedicated archaeologists and associates . In these blogswe havediscussed the early Neolithic findings including the Crieff Cursus , the Forteviotburial sites and the timberroundhouses revealedduring the preliminary work on the Beauly to Denny power lines . Whatshouldnotbe ignored isa quite astonishingdiscoveryat Carpow where the River Earn joins up with the mighty Tay . Carpow Bank is a small tidal shelf lying off the south side of the river . The name Carpow appears on a many ancient maps There is a belief that here the Romansestablished a boatbridge providing a crossing to the north side of the Tay . This would have been close to their Fort at Carpow . According toDavid Strachan’ssuperbbook “ Carpow in Context ”( Society of Antiquaries of Scotland . Edinburgh 2010) it isclearfrom thestudy of many of theoldmaps of this area ( National Library of Scotland :http://…