MAY 2021: CHARITABLE DONATION FOR SCOTLAND'S RED SQUIRRELS
A donation is made on behalf of the Barony and the Order of St. Stanislas Charity to Saving Scotland's Red Squirrels, led by the Scottish Wildlife Trust. James, the Current Baron, presents John Lind, local representative of the Charity with a cheque.
MAY 2021: RE-ESTABLISHMENT OF CHAPEL WITHIN THE BARONY
A chapel of ease has been at within the Barony of Buittle for hundreds of years, as well as a parish church. The reformation put an end to the Chapel of Ease at the Castle, and the Church of Scotland Parish, about a mile from the Castle was closed down some time ago, leaving the civil parish and Barony without a functioning place of worship.
In 2019, evidence of a recusant chapel was found at the west end of the vaulted undercroft of the tower. The decision was taken, at that stage, to re-institute the site as a chapel for the Castle and surrounding area. The above photo shows the completed installation. The chapel has proved a benefit to the residents and guests of the Castle itself, and has attracted many visitors, locally and from further afield.
OCTOBER 2021: BARON'S DINNER IN THE GREAT HALL
A Dinner was held in the Great Hall of Buittle Castle featuring food appropriate to the period and lifestyle of the household in the 1600s, when the current Great Hall was put into use for that purpose. The Baron of Buittle and the Household were pleased to welcome diners, and to serve up post-medieval/renaissance fare in this spectacular setting.
APRIL 2022: CHARITY GALA IN THE GREAT HALL
A Charity Gala Dinner in support of the humanitarian aide initiatives of the Order of St. Stanislas (https://osts.eu/) was held at the Castle. Representatives from around the world came to the Castle for this event which was hosted by the Baron of Buittle, in the Great Hall of Buittle Castle. Historically, the Order of St. Stanislas was a Chivalric Order of the Kingdom of Poland, then an Order of the Polish State. Today the organisation is a Charitable Organisation of Chivalric Character with Sandor and Herta Margareta von Habsburg-Lothringen as Royal Protectors.
JUNE 2022: DINNER VISIT OF CLAN MAXWELL SOCIETY (USA)
The Baron of Buittle and the Household were pleased to welcome a delegation of the Clan Maxwell Society (USA) to Buittle Castle. An informative historical tour was given by James, the Current Baron, after which followed a dinner of traditional Scottish fare, including locally shot venison.
OCTOBER 2022: BLESSING OF THE HARVEST IN THE BUITTLE CASTLE'S CHAPEL
The traditional harvest blessing of produce from the grounds of the Castle was undertaken in the Chapel of Our Lady of Walsingham, Undercroft at Buittle Castle. Several were in attendance, including the Rt. Rev'd and Much Honoured James de Balliol-Cavendish of Buittle (The current Baron of Buittle) The V. Rev'd the Hon. Tobias Parker, Baron Bailey of Buittle, representing the household, along with guests. The service was undertaken by The V. Rev'd Canon Felix, Canon Prebendary of Manchester for the Orthodox Church.