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Historic Scotland unveils dramatic new interpretation at Doune Castle

2 August 2012


The splendour of Doune Castle has been re-imagined following months of consultation with archaeologists and historians.

A colourful and dramatic illustration reconstructing life at the Castle is now installed at Doune.

Specialists within and outside the agency contributed their expertise to the project, producing a lively resource that brings new insight into life at the Castle.

Interpretation Officer at Historic Scotland, Fiona Fleming explained: “The new panel offers a surprising amount of detail. Artist David Simon has created a stunning illustration showing the Duke of Albany entertaining guests at Doune Castle in February 1407.

“Albany was the most powerful man in Scotland at the time, and ruled the kingdom on behalf of three successive kings. Doune was the Duke’s power base – a magnificent noble residence, designed to show off his wealth and prestige.”

The new interpretation shows a cut-away view of the Castle, with views into the richly-furnished interior of the gatehouse tower, the Great Hall, the Duke’s hall - with an unusual double fireplace reflecting Albany’s importance, upper rooms including an oratory for private prayer, the kitchen, and postern gate.

Fiona said: “Interpretation lies at the heart of Historic Scotland’s mission to present our built heritage effectively and imaginatively to visitors. The stories unique to each site bring these special places to life, and this new panel gives an added dimension to one of the nation’s most important and cherished historic attractions.”

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