Lunchtime Talk – Women of Glamis

This talk by Ingrid Thomson, Glamis Castle Archivist is part of the Dundee Women’s Festival.

Glamis Castle is recognized as the family home of the Earls of Strathmore and Kinghorne, but women have played a major role in the history of Glamis. Ranging from royalty to countesses and businesswomen, botanists, composers, novelists, poets, servants and charity workers, the women of Glamis have remarkable stories to tell and Glamis would not be what it is today without them. This talk focuses on the stories of some of the women who have shaped history from the late 14th century to the present.

Hear the story of the nursemaid who saved the life of the 13th Earl’s grandson from a shipwreck off the Bay of Biscay in 1885. Find out what false accusations of treason led to one women being burnt at the stake and a the story of a high profile divorce case. Of course no talk about the Women of Glamis would not be complete without mentioning HM The Queen Mother, HM The Queen and HRH Princess Margaret, who was born at Glamis in 1930. We’ll also hear about various Countesses, who played important roles in castle and estate affairs, including the well-loved Dowager Countess of Strathmore; and employees who cared for the castle, its occupants and grounds.

This talk is based on an exhibition celebrating the inspiring women of Glamis held in the Castle last year. The exhibition will be shown again at Glamis Castle from April to October 2020, introducing new exhibits.

The talk will take place on Thursday 5th March at 1pm, in the Glasite Hall on King Street. It’s free entry to all FDCA Lunchtime Talks and everyone is welcome – you don’t need to be a member of the friends. See the FDCA website for more information.

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