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The National Trust for Scotlnd: Brodie Castle
by Stephanie Blackden and Christopher Hartley | History
Registered by whiteraven13 of Quartzsite, Arizona USA on Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Average 7 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

status (set by Gnoe): travelling


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Journal Entry 1 by whiteraven13 from Quartzsite, Arizona USA on Tuesday, September 30, 2008

8 out of 10

This little guidebook is of one of my favorite castles in Scotland. My sister in law and parents met the Laird featured in the front piece--he's since passed away, but he asked A. if she wanted to play his piano! :) 


Journal Entry 2 by whiteraven13 at a friend, A friend -- Controlled Releases on Friday, December 19, 2008

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Released 5 yrs ago (12/19/2008 UTC) at a friend, A friend -- Controlled Releases

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Being sent to a BXer in the Netherlands as a prize for completing the 2007 (!) history Challenge! :)

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Journal Entry 3 by Gnoe from Utrecht, Utrecht Netherlands on Wednesday, December 31, 2008

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Thank you very much for my 2007 History Release Challenge reward WhiteRaven13! I had much fun 'playing' ;) I plan to visit Scotland someday, so I might go and see Brodie Castle in the future! 


Journal Entry 4 by Gnoe from Utrecht, Utrecht Netherlands on Friday, January 16, 2009

6 out of 10

Now I know that if I ever visit Brodie Castle, it will have to be when the daffodils bloom!

Ian Brodie, 24th Brodie of Brodie and former last Brodie Laird, was a pioneer in breeding the modern garden narcissus, producing over 400 varieties himself and markedly influencing others who succeeded him (according to the brochure). There must be many daffodils on the castle's grounds!

It's a shame there has come an end to the Brodie clan living in Brodie Castle.

This tour guide will be released as part of the new 2009 History Challenge! I will try and find an appropriate spot. 


Journal Entry 5 by Gnoe at Slot Zuylen in Oud-Zuilen, Utrecht Netherlands on Wednesday, May 06, 2009

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Released 5 yrs ago (5/5/2009 UTC) at Slot Zuylen in Oud-Zuilen, Utrecht Netherlands

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Losgelaten bij het poortgebouw van Slot Zuylen, bij de aankondiging van de tuindagen. Ik had dit boek eigenlijk willen loslaten bij de 'slangenmuur' (zie onder) omdat bij Brodie Castle ook iets speciaals aan de tuin is, namelijk de narcissenverzameling. Maar het kasteel was helaas gesloten. Dit boek over een Schots kasteel is een duo-release met Kasteel in Ierland.

Slot Zuylen dateert al uit de Middeleeuwen (1247). Toen bouwde Steven van Zuylen langs de Vecht een donjon, een vierkante woontoren met muren van 2.70 meter dik. Begin 15e eeuw werd deze tijdens de Hoekse en Kabeljauwse twisten verwoest door de Utrechters. Zij wilden meer vrijheid voor hun stad, terwijl de toenmalige bewoner van het centrale gezag van de Bourgondische hertogen was. Na de verwoesting restte er een eeuw lang niet meer dan een ruïne. In 1525 werd er een nieuw kasteel op de ruïnes gebouwd, en voorzien van een poortgebouw. Dit poortgebouw is er nog steeds, terwijl de rest van het kasteel zijn huidige uiterlijk in 1752 kreeg.

De oorspronkelijke Franse tuin is deels bewaard gebleven, deels vervangen door een Engelse landschapstuin van J.D. Zocher. De tuin is omgeven door een 'slangenmuur' die door zijn golvende lijn extra zonnewarmte opvangt -- waardoor exotisch fruit goed kan gedijen. De bekendste bewoners van Slot Zuylen zijn Belle van Zuylen (schrijfster en componiste) en Steven van der Hagen (1e admiraal van de VOC).

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* Part of the 2009 History Release Challenge (#10) *

This is a special release because this booklet was rabck-ed to me because I participated succesfully in 2007's History Challenge. I had planned to leave it at the old 'snake wall' (an original curved wall that catches a lot of sun and thus making it possible to grow exotic fruits). It seemed a nice echo of Brodie's garden that is special because of ts daffodils. Unfortunately the Castle was closed so I left the book at the entrance (originating from the early 16th century), above a poster of the upcoming garden days.

Whilst retaining many of its medieval castle-like features, Slot Zuylen Castle was converted into a country mansion in the 18th century. Its most famous resident was Belle van Zuylen (Isabelle de Charrière), writer of fame and feminist avant la lettre. Another former inhabitant is Steven van der Hagen, first admiral of the Dutch East India Company (VOC).

Slot Zuylen opened its doors to visitors about 50 years ago and has meanwhile acquired museum status. Becoming a museum is how castles in Holland can be preserved as public heritage.
 




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