Sir Malcolm Drummond appears to be
the first to use the name around 1270. He was Steward of the ancient Celtic
Earldom of Strathearn which had become Royal hunting lands from the 12thC.
One theory has it that the name came
from Drymen in Stirlingshire. Maurice, grandson of the King of Hungary, was
given the lands of Drymen by Malcolm III. Drymens/Drummonds may have been
given the Stewardship of Strathearn.
Sir Malcolm Drummond sided with Robert
the Bruce and fought with him at Bannockburn in 1314. This much strengthened
the Drummonds position as landowners in Strathearn and trusted Royal supporters.
The family has a long association
with the monarchy. Margaret Drummond married David II in 1369 and Annabella
Drummond married Robert III. Sir John Drummond's daughter was the lover of
James IV; it is rumoured that they even married and had a daughter. In order
to form an alliance with England, Scotland's nobles wanted James IV to marry
Margaret Tudor, the sister of the English king Henry VII. Margaret Drummond
was in the way of this plan and along with her two sisters was murdered with
Why not take a short break of vacation
in 'Drummond country'!
The Barony of Drummond was created
in 1488. Drummond Castle was built near
Crieff in 1491 by Sir John Drummond. Later
generations gained the titles Earl of Perth, Lord Madderty and Viscount
During the Jacobite wars of 1715 and
1745 Drummonds fought for the Stuart Royal line against the Hanoverians.
The 5th Earl of Perth led the Jacobite cavalry at Sheriffmuir in 1715 and
the 6th Earl commanded the left wing of Bonnie Prince Charlie's doomed army
at Culloden in 1746. By joining the losing side, their lands were forfeited
in 1746. However these were eventually restored and Drummond Castle is now
the seat of the Earls of Ancaster who are descendants from the female line