Glamis Castle was once the talk of the courts around Europe due to its supposed dark and terrible secret.
The childhood home of the Queen Mother was also once said to be home to a ‘monster’.
At the turn of the 20th century, the rumours of a secret chamber and a monstrous heir were so strong that many accounts were written of the Monster of Glamis.
Said to be the deformed son and heir of the 12th Earl of Strathmore, the unnamed Bowes-Lyon child is was recorded as having died on the day of his birth but many believed he actually survived to become a “barrel-chested” monster with “toy-like” arms and legs.
The mystery left a dark and terrible stain on not only the reputation of the family but also put an immense strain on them.
The grandfather of the Queen Mother, Claude Bowes-Lyon and the 13th Earl of Strathmore once reportedly said: “If you could even guess the nature of this castle’s secret, you would get down on your knees and thank God it was not yours.”
yes indeed, thank you Susan x