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Magnificence, Marriage & Murder

The story of Brodick Castle is the story of a country, a family, and a time and place. Located on Scotland’s West Coast on the Isle of Arran, Brodick is breathtaking inside and out. The grand, red sandstone Scottish baronial style castle is dramatically set against the backdrop of Goatfell Mountain, with stunning views over Brodick Bay to the Firth of Clyde. Inside, the Castle is renowned for its impressive collection of period furniture, silverware, porcelain, paintings, and sporting trophies set in richly appointed rooms.

There has been a fort here since at least the 5th century and during the 10th century the Vikings used the location as a defensive outpost. Since the 15th century, the Isle of Arran has been closely associated with the Hamiltons, Scotland’s greatest noble family. Reflecting the 19th century British delight with Highland Romanticism, during the Victorian era the Dukes of Hamilton rebuilt the 13th century castle as a shooting lodge. It was during this time that the hugely important collection, including many pieces from the famous British collector William Beckford, was formed.

Magnificence, Marriage & Murder is a lecture that gives an inside view of a remarkable historical property and an outstanding decorative arts collection, which, due to its remote location, is rarely seen by the public. It also includes the still-unsolved 1889 murder in the park at Brodick, known as the Goatfell Murder. The lecture is full of history, personalities, collecting, bling, and a bit of fun that is guaranteed to engage and entertain.