While the history of Blair Castle, Perth and Kinross, dates back to 1269, its present form in the Scottish Baronial style began to take shape over a period of 50 years or so, 600 years later. After the Atholl Highlanders, still the only legal private army in Europe, were formed by George Murray, 6th Duke of Atholl in 1839, they were presented with colours in recognition of their service by Queen Victoria, after her stay with Albert, Prince Consort, in 1844, giving the regiment official status.
A Scottish ceremonial infantry regiment, the Atholl Highlanders are commanded by the Duke of Atholl, Chieftain of Clan Murray and therefore don't form part of the British Army. Blair Castle dominates Glen Garry, part of the main travel corridor through the central Scottish Highlands while its grounds are of national artistic and historical significance, recognised in the Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes in Scotland. 19.09.2020
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