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■ It was to Bal­loch Cas­tle that, for a few months in 1651, Scot­land’s Crown Jew­els, the ‘Hon­ours of Scot­land’, were brought for safe-keep­ing – and to keep them out of reach of Cromwell’s sticky mitts.

■ When Sir Colin, the 1st Earl of Breadal­bane, found him­self a wife, he chose wisely. His pre­de­ces­sor had left the es­tate heav­ily in debt. Rid­ing home from Lon­don with his rich heiress, it’s said he needed a sep­a­rate horse just to carry her dowry!

■ One hun­dred and eighty years ago, Drum­mond Hill was cho­sen as a site for the rein­tro­duc­tion of the ca­per­cail­lie. Its name means the “horse of the woods” on ac­count of the re­sem­blance of its call to the clip-clop­ping of a horse’s hooves.

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