Glamis Castle is mentioned by Shakespeare—Macbeth, that most cursed of characters, was Thane of Glamis

As a schoolboy (yes, I was one once, a long, long time ago) I knew of the Thane of Glamis from Shakespeare, I don’t particularly remember an association of a castle by the same name. Probably more interested in the witches and wondering why we needed to learn this shit.

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The Monster of Glamis

Glamis Castle in the 18th century, shortly before its "mystery" began.

“If you could even guess the nature of this castle’s secret,” said Claude Bowes-Lyon, 13th Earl of Strathmore, “you would get down on your knees and thank God it was not yours.”

That awful secret was once the talk of Europe. From perhaps the 1840s until 1905, the Earl’s ancestral seat at Glamis Castle, in the Scottish lowlands, was home to a “mystery of mysteries”—an enigma that involved a hidden room, a secret passage, solemn initiations, scandal, and shadowy figures glimpsed by night on castle battlements.

The conundrum engaged two generations of high society until, soon after 1900, the secret itself was lost. One version of the story holds that it was so terrible that the 13th Earl’s heir flatly refused to have it revealed to him. Yet the mystery of Glamis (pronounced “Glarms”) remains, kept alive by its association with royalty (the heir was grandfather to Elizabeth II) and by the fact that at least some members of the Bowes-Lyon family insisted it was real.

Source: Smithsonian.com Read more about this fascinating place.

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