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A castle for ‘Scotland’s crowned king’The oldest parts of the castle probably date to the 1260s when Walter Stewart acquired the earldom of Menteith through marriage. A later Stewart, Robert, gained the castle too in 1361, through his marriage to the countess of Menteith, Margaret Graham.
Home of ‘the big spender’A near-contemporary, Abbot Bower of Inchcolm, described Albany as ‘a big spender’. Albany certainly spared no expense on Doune. Even in its ruined state, the castle inspires awe and wonder in those who visit it. This gives the visitor a wonderful opportunity to see what the leading man of his day felt was appropriate for his needs and aspirations. This was an age when the conspicuous display of wealth and status was seen as vital in maintaining authority and good governance.
‘The banner’d towers o’ Doune’There seems to be something missing from Doune – the south and west ranges. The projecting tusks on the kitchen tower and the impressive windows in the south wall indicate one of two things. Either two ranges were planned but not completed, or they did exist at one stage and have been thoroughly dismantled, leaving very little trace.