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Did you know that Craigievar Castle near Alford was the inspiration for Walt Disneys fairytale castles? The 17th century structure (actually built over one from the previous century) is a flamboyant example of Scottish Baronial, all sheer walls and cylindrical turrets, now restored to its original pink, echoed in cartoons and Disney theme parks the world over.

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Owen Glendower wins at Bryn Glas - 1402, Battle of Bothwell Bridge - 1679, The Somerset Case Judgement - 1772, Beginnings of the V&A - 1857, Victorias Diamond Jubilee - 1897, SS Empire Windrush Docks at Tilbury - 1948
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