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Visit the childhood home of Elizabeth The Queen Mother at Glamis near Forfar. The wonderful and fairytale like castle with the long drive up to it was once (in the 11th century) a hunting lodge. It was extensively reconstructed in the 17th century. Many of the rooms are open to the public but it is still a family home and in use as such. Duncan's Hall is the oldest room in the castle and is said to be the setting for Shakespeare's setting for the king's murder in his play Macbeth. The Italian garden at Glamis is wonderful. Capability Brown was responsible are the gardens at Glamis. Lancelot "Capability" Brown was born in 1715 in Kirkharle in Northumberland . He became a gardener's boy in the service of Sir William Lorne. He then moved to Wotton, which was owned by Sir Richard Grenville, and then went to Lord Cobham at Stowe . There that he worked under William Kent who was one of the founders of the new English style of landscape gardening. Brown was responsible for getting Kent's designs into being, but Lord Cobham also allowed him to work for his aristocratic friends. Lord Cobham died in 1749 and Brown left Stowe two years later to build up his own gardening practice in London. He became a much sought after gardener by the upper classes and he was responsible for about 170 gardens and estates around the country. Some of his best were Blenheim Palace, Harewood House, Glamis Castle, and Bowood and Longleat in Wiltshire. Blenheim was considered to be his masterpiece. He got his nickname "Capability" because he was always telling his clients that their gardens had "great capabilities". In 1761 Brown was made head gardener to Hampton Court Palace, but also continued his own practice. He died in 1783 and is buried in Fenstanton Church, Cambridgeshire.
Address: Forfar Tayside
Directions: is well signposted along the main road
Phone: 01307 840242
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