Upstairs, downstairs and free pancakes in Braemar

Piccadilly Jim and wife Louise
Piccadilly Jim and wife Louise

The cook will be baking free pancakes for visitors at Braemar Castle this Sunday (May 27) when the Castle’s Victorian heritage will be celebrated with an upstairs/downstairs day.

Queen Victoria first visited Braemar Castle in 1849 to attend the Braemar Games in the grounds. After the field events, she was invited into the drawing room and on Sunday visitors will be able to meet the colourful Laird who entertained the Queen to tea.

Colonel James Ross Farquharson was 13th Laird of Invercauld and a convivial drinking companion of the Queen’s eldest son, HRH Prince Edward, Prince of Wales. They were so well known on the social scene in London that the Colonel earned the nickname “Piccadilly Jim”.

Portrayed by cartoonists with top hat, broadsword and kilt, he was a veteran of the Crimea War and his military travelling chest, drum and medals are also on display in the castle.

On Sunday “Piccadilly Jim” and his wife Louise will be entertaining in the Castle’s elegant Drawing Room between noon and 3 pm but the cook will be busy in the kitchen from 11 making fresh pancakes for Upstairs and Downstairs to enjoy.

The Castle opens at 10 am, last tour is at 3.45pm.