In Vengeance is Mine, the last scene takes place in the kitchen of the Duke of Sandringham’s house.
This scene was filmed in the kitchen of Callendar House in Falkirk. Check out an article from the Falkirk Community Trust
I visited today and was able to take photos. The kitchen has costumed interpreters which creates an exciting interactive experience with samples of early-19th century food providing added taste to stories of working life in a large household.
Callendar House is worth a visit. I loved finding out about the history of the house especially the Jacobite connection.
Members of the Livingston family were raised to the peerage as Earl of Linlithgow (1600), Earl of Callendar (1641), and Earl of Newburgh (1660). They played an important part in the history of the area, but their hold on the lands came to an abrupt end in the 18th century when James Livingston, 5th Earl of Linlithgow and 4th Earl of Callander, was forced into exile abroad because he had sided with the “Old Pretender”, son of King James II of England (James VII of Scotland) in the Jacobite Rising of 1715. The Callendar estates were forfeited and purchased by the York Buildings Company, who leased the house back to the earl’s daughter, Lady Anne Livingston, from 1724. Lady Anne gave hospitality to Bonnie Prince Charlie before the Battle of Falkirk in 1746, but after his defeat at Culloden, Lady Anne’s husband, the Earl of Kilmarnock, was beheaded for treason. After Lady Anne’s death in 1747, her son James Hay, 15th Earl of Erroll (1726–1778), remained at Callendar House until his death. Source – Callendar House
Midhope Castle is on the Hopetoun Estate. A vehicle pass can be obtained from the Hopetoun Farm shop which is situated off A904.
Note from Hopetoun Estates –
As from Monday 8th August when you pick up your vehicle pass from Hopetoun Farm Shop there will be a small charge of £2 per guest in your group (excluding the guide). We already know that the average group size visiting the castle is 3-4 guests so we feel this is not an unreasonable amount to charge. Any funds raised will go towards further improvements in the Midhope area including a new information board on Midhope’s history arriving soon.
Hopetoun Estates have been very accommodating with Outlander visitors, this small charge can help improve information and access to Midhope Castle. Please remember to get your pass.
In the early hours of the morning 20th September 2015 I arrived in a dark car park in Tranent. I was not alone, I had been persuaded to take part in reenactment of Riggonhead March by my friend Jan. We joined Bonnie Prince Charlie – Arran Johnston – with other reenactors to walk from Tranent to Seton.
I have the medal to prove it!
Before we set of we had the chance to have something to eat – scotch egg and soup.
It was an uneventful march – part of us getting lost at one point – but lovely to see the sun come up on a warm September morning.
This is a reenactment of a march that took place in the early hours before the Battle of Prestonpans.
On 20 September Cope’s forces encountered Charles’s advance guard. Cope decided to stand his ground and engage the Jacobite army. He drew up his army facing south with a marshy ditch to their front, and the park walls around Preston House protecting their right flank. A Highlander supporter, Robert Anderson was a local farmer’s son who knew the area well and convinced Charles’s Lieutenant General, Lord George Murray of an excellent narrow route through the marshlands. Commencing at 4 a.m. he moved the entire Jacobite force walking three abreast along that route, known as the Riggonhead Defile, in total silence arriving to the east of Cope’s army at Seton West Mains. Although Cope kept fires burning and posted pickets during the night as the Highlanders were making their move they were not spotted by the pickets until around 5 a.m. Source – Battle of Prestonpans trust
This is shown in the episode Prestonpans.
Yesterday I tweeted to Historic Scotland how much I liked the audio by Sam at Doune Castle. Well in the afternoon it was retweeted by Sam. Thanks to this retweet my blog has had more visitors in the past 24 hours. Amazing that one simple gesture can reach so far. Thanks Sam.
When Claire has been rescued my Jamie, Murtagh, Rupert and Angus they stop by a river. While the horses are being feed Jamie takes Claire to the side to get her to apologise.
The scene was filmed in Roslin Glen Country Park by the River Esk near the remains of Mill Lade.
My next visit of the day was to Drummond Castle Gardens. These were used in series 2 as the gardens at Versailles.
Drummond has all the characteristics of a courtly, 17th century Scottish Renaissance garden. It is a composite garden, restructured in early Victorian times and renewed again in the 20th century when the garden framework and the exceptional interest of the original 19th century design were carefully preserved. Source – Drummond Castle Gardens
The gardens are open to the public from May to October but the castle is not open to the public. Amazing gardens worth a wander around especially on a lovely warm day.