Perthshire Scotland > Scottish Clan Names > Drummond

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 poisoned fruit.

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 Strathallan.

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 of Drummonds.

 

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