daughter of David Lindsay, Lord Edzell
daughter of Margaret Lindsay
daughter of Catherine Carnegie
daughter of Lady Margaret Stewart
son of Lady Mary Douglas
son of Alexander Stewart
son of Alexander Stewart
son of Daniel Stewart
son of Archelaus Stewart
son of Martin Stewart
daughter of Walter Sullivan Stewart
daughter of Grace Ellen Stewart
daughter of Verna Emma Poling
You are the daughter of Daphne Claire Tholen
Near the end of the first walkway I spied a rather handsome gentleman strutting his stuff on the other side of the castle walls I thought you might also enjoy…
We walked along the northern side of the castle walls, admiring the burgeoning flower beds flanking the walls along the borders until we turned south around the corner tower revealing the castle’s front face and original entrance.
Now let’s begin our tour of Edzell Castle…
Just to the left of the entrance on the inside of the castle, there was this door so we entered and it appeared to be a storehouse of sorts and included a peephole for guards to see who was approaching the castle’s front entrance.
Back outside we worked our way around the castle in a clockwise direction and first came to the point where the entrance to the main living quarters would have been. We then climbed the stairs to see what was up there.
Back down the stairs again we approached the doorways in the corner under the principal living room.
Then we worked our way along the northern side of the castle through what used to be the kitchens.
Working our way along the southern wall back toward the square tower we passed the gate to the garden. We will come back to that later; first, we’re headed into the tower!
The lowest level of the tower…
Below is a picture of the inside of the fireplace’s chimney – it’s massive!
I continued to climb up to the upper levels while Lindsay continued his explorations below.
Looking out the window, I discovered a wonderful view of the beautiful walled garden below!
Heading back down the stairs to the lower levels once again, I found another mason’s mark as I eagerly found my way to the garden.
The interpretive sign displays all the delightful elements we are going to explore next!
Like the castle, Lindsay and I worked our way around the garden walls in a clockwise manner.
Now, we’ll go inside to see what this summer house has inside its walls…
Before going up the spiral staircase to the floor up above, I went out the back door to see what it looked like.
Inside the doorway, on the bottom floor, I discovered this…
Back through the door in the round tower, I headed up the spiral staircase…
Well, that was fun. I really like the summer house. Let’s continue exploring the south wall of the garden.
Then I came to the southwest corner and found the well and where the bathhouse used to be.
Finally, we explored the west wall back toward the tower.
We walked along the outside of the eastern wall of the garden admiring the ornaments along the top of the wall on this side, then meandered back toward the car where we started. We were feeling a ‘wee bit peckish” when we spotted a picnic table and decided to enjoy our picnic lunch while we basked in the views of the wonderful castle and gardens that we had just finished exploring.
After lunch, we drove to the churchyard just down the road and made some further discoveries.
We wandered about the churchyard, finding some interesting and unusual stones when we came upon this building.
Turns out the building was part of once was the original church and this remaining portion within the church was where the Lindsay’s vault was located!
We couldn’t go inside, but I was able to get some pictures of some remaining stones.
Near the church on the other side of the road, we spied the hill where the original castle would have stood, but I was remiss and didn’t get a picture of it. Dang.
We traveled further down the road toward the coast and Montrose to see if we could find Dunninald Castle & Gardens.
That’s a whole other adventure I’m going to save for my next post, so stay tuned! Hope you’ve enjoyed exploring another castle with special ancestral ties for me as much as I did. Until the next time…
Attitude of Gratitude ~ I am ever so grateful for the time I spent building my family tree in Ancestry.com. It took a long time to do, but I am so happy I took the time to do it. It has proven invaluable in calculating the ancestral ties I have to so many wonderful castles in Scotland. I don’t think I would’ve ever put the connections together without its resources. Someday soon I’m going to have to compile a list of all the castles and my ancestral families associated with them for my own descendants and other family members.