New flag for Castle Fraser

The new flag flying high over Castle Fraser
The new flag flying high over Castle Fraser

Frequent visitors to Castle Fraser, near Sauchen, may have noticed something new fluttering on the flagpole – a newly-created flag.

The flag - which is a saltire embellished with thistles and a castle on a hill - is the National Trust for Scotland’s coat of arms, which was discovered by property manager Christina Low in the charity’s 1950 annual report.

She said: “I was looking for a new flag to fly at Castle Fraser – something which would remind people that the castle is cared or and conserved by the National Trust for Scotland. “A colleague, who is keen on heraldry, mentioned that the Trust has its own coat of arms, so I managed to track it down with some research.

“The flag has been attracting attention from visitors, who are keen to know more about its unusual design and what it symbolises.”

Castle Fraser is one of the grandest of the Scottish baronial tower houses. Begun in 1575, the present castle contains an impressive great hall, fine furniture and many Fraser family portraits.

The castle sits in beautiful grounds and has its own walled garden.

Those with an interest in heraldry and medieval history will enjoy the spectacle of the Castle Fraser jousting tournament, which takes place on July 21 and 22.

As well as a breath-taking jousting tournament, there will be archery demonstrations, birds of prey flying displays, sword fighting, authentic campsites, medieval cookery demonstrations and more.

Advance tickets at special rates are now available online at www.nts.org.uk/events. They cost £8.50 for adults, £6 for children and concessions and £23 for a family.