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Local History

While you are in the vicinity why not explore some of the local history. Macbeth is probably the most famous Scottish King because of the play which bears his name. The real Macbeth was, however, quite different from the villain in Shakespeare's play. Macbeth thought he had as good a claim to the Scottish throne as his cousin and rival, Duncan I. At that time killing and replacing a monarch was a common way of becoming king and that was how Macbeth became king in 1040. He became one of the three kings to dominate eleventh century Scotland. Macbeth was such a strong and powerful ruler that, in 1050, he was able to leave his kingdom for months to go on pilgrimage to see the Pope in Rome. Macbeth finally lost the throne the way he gained it, by being defeated at Dunsinane and killed at Lumphanan by Duncan's son, Malcolm Canmore. Macbeth's body was buried temporarily in Lumphanan before being removed to the traditional burial site of the Scottish Kings on the island of Iona ! 

Peel Ring of Lumphanan

About half a mile west of Lumphanan lies the Peel Ring, an impressive motte and bailey earthwork castle dating from the 12th century. Records show that it was visited by Edward I in 1296 and by 1487 boasted a small manor house. No trace of the house remains today but the Peel Ring is maintained as a local monument. A view of the Peel Ring at Lumphanan.

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