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Cawdor Castle, known for its literary links to Shakespeare's Macbeth
'The Scottish Honours', Scotland's crown jewels
Through Scotland’s turbulent and colourful history, the Royal family has been at the forefront of great change. Many of our current Queen’s descendents stretch back hundreds of years to the early Scottish monarchy and who have reigned over the country at times of great trouble and triumph; from the Wars of Independence against the English to the Act of Union in 1707.
James VI (Scotland) & I (England) 1566 - 1625
James, the only son of Mary Queen of Scots, was born in Edinburgh Castle. He was crowned in 1567 on the abdication of his mother. When Elizabeth I of England died childless in 1603, he became king of both countries, thus uniting the crown of both England and Scotland.
MacBeth 1005 - 1057
MacBeth was King of Scotland from 1040-1057, made famous by Shakespeare's play of the same name. The real story chronicled has portrayed him in a better light as a fair king in bloodthirsty times. He was the first Scottish king to make a pilgrimage to Rome in 1050.