Tullibardine Castle and the Pride of the Scots Navy !
The Great Michael
I ran a “ blog “ in August 2012 on Tullibardine Chapel
Henry Vlll of England decided that he too must have such a massive warship and so the
" Great Harry " ( formal name Henri Grâce à Dieu ) was launched This 1 000 ton creation proved somewhat top heavy and ended being a virtual 16th century royal yacht and did not see active service.
In his book " Perthshire in History and Legend " , the late Archie McKerracher narrated a chat he had had with Mr Maxtone , late factor of the Estate . Mention was made of the Chair Tree , an ancient oak which is still standing and is thought to be in excess of 700 years old ! In earlier times the Lairds of Tullibardine had a platform built in its branches from which they used to watch contests of strength and skill taking place in the area below .The same interview also revealed that when ploughing takes place near the garden area that was , periodically hawthorn tree roots are dug up.
Sadly nothing remains of the Castle although the ancient Tullibardine Chapel has been thoughtfully restored and is in fine condition . The Murray family were important players in the Scottish scene for many centuries and it is important not to forget the significance of the part they played in our history . The Great Michael was an ambitious move to raise the Scottish profile on the European stage . This was sadly curtailed with the tragedy of Flodden Field but should not be forgotten .