Macbeth Witches Appear at Glamis Castle

By April 5, 2017August 9th, 2018Inspired by Literature, Literary Places

Glamis Castle is situated in the stunning valley of Strathmore, only 12 miles from Dundee, Scotland. It is a truly royal and magical place; owned today by Simon Patrick Bowes Lyon, 19th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne, the castle was also notably the childhood home of Her Majesty The Queen Mother, and birthplace of Her Royal Highness Princess Margaret.

Many of you may also recognise the name Glamis Castle as the setting for Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’…

“First Witch: All hail, Macbeth! hail to thee, Thane of Glamis!

Second Witch: All hail, Macbeth! hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor!

Third Witch: All hail, Macbeth! that shalt be king hereafter.”

Recently Glamis Castle has been happy to welcome a few new arrivals in the form of The Weird Sisters from Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Neith Art and Sculpture, whose clients include The National Trust, countrywide schools and councils, and The English Heritage, were commissioned to produce the witches for Glamis Castle. Such talent and hard work went into producing the figures, and we can see from the photos provided on their Facebook page, that the outcome was beautifully creepy.

Take a look below, and see for yourself!

Here is one of the witches before Neith Art got their chisels on it…
Here she is before a good staining…
…And here is her sister after a nice coat of stain…
And they look so scary huddled together outside of Glamis Castle!

“When shall we three meet again?”

I am sad to live so far away as I’d love to visit the witches in person. If any of our Scottish Reading Addicts manage to see them- let us know what they are like in the (wooden) flesh!

Kudos to Neith Art and Sculpture for their fantastic work, and to Glamis Castle for displaying them in their historical setting.

(Credit for the pictures provided goes to Neith Art, and Glamis Castle.)

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  • Gail Gilchrist says:

    Thanks for sharing this story. I have visited Glamis Castle before, but it would be worth re-visiting just to see these sculptures!

  • Rob says:

    Lots more to come too, we’ve just finished King Duncan and we’ve five more to be completed by Mid June that go through the whole play. Thank you for the write up.

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