History of Dunnottar

Dunnottar House takes its name from the impressive Dunnottar Castle situated on the outskirts of Stonehaven.

William Wallace, Mary Queen of Scots, the Marquis of Montrose and the future King Charles II, all graced the Castle with their presence. Most famously though, it was at Dunnottar Castle that a small garrison held out against the might of Cromwell’s army for eight months and saved the Scottish Crown Jewels, the ‘Honours of Scotland’, from destruction. Crown, sceptre and sword now take pride of place in Edinburgh Castle.

A darker chapter in the history of Dunnottar is that of the ‘Whig’s Vault’. The gruesome story of the imprisonment in 1685 of a group of Covenanters who refused to acknowledge the King’s supremacy in spiritual matters.

The Castle was the home of the Earls Marischal once one of the most powerful families in the land.  The last Earl was convicted of treason for his part in the Jacobite rising of 1715, and as a result his estates, including Dunnottar, were seized by the government.

The buildings were thereafter much neglected until 1925 when the 1st Viscountess Cowdray embarked on a systematic repair of the Castle.  The Castle was officially made open to visitors thereafter.

Dunnottar Today

PT Guidance (Pupil Support): Mrs Elaine Davidson

DHT link: Mrs Kathryn Thoirs

Register Teachers  2018-19

House Tutor Group Tutor Group Teacher Faculty Days Room
Dunnottar 1D1 Ryan Hewitt Humanities Mon-Fri R9
Dunnottar 1D2 Mhairi Trimble Social Subjects Mon-Fri R8
Dunnottar 2D1 Julie Adams ASL Mon-Fri R5
Dunnottar 2D2 Sophie Deaney Health Mon-Fri G16
Dunnottar 3D1 Gerry Lock Humanities Mon-Fri R1
Dunnottar 3D2 Sara Stuart Humanities Mon-Fri R11
Dunnottar 4D1 Christina Andrews Humanities Mon-Fri R12
Dunnottar 4D2 Rebekah Cowie Social Subjects Mon-Fri R7
Dunnottar 5D1 Robert Anderson Art, Design and Technology Mon-Fri G5
Dunnottar 5D2 David Paterson Art, Design and Technology Mon-Fri G12
Dunnottar 6D Laura Craig Social Subjects Mon-Fri R14

Pupil Leadership 2018-19

House Captains

Rachel Pyper (House Captain)

Andrew McGillivray (House Captain)

Levi Ferguson (Peer Suppport Captain)

Erin Beedie (Sports Captain)

Devin Gilchrist (Wider Achievement Captain)

Junior House Captains

Jamie Guest (3D1)

Elspeth Paterson (3D1)

Kayleigh Thomson (3D2)


Maria Leith (6D)

Katie Davidson (6D)

Jodie Harris (5D2)

Ella Perks (5D2)

Christina O’Rourke (5D2)

Rachel Greig (5D2)

Logan Mackay-Downie (5D2)

Rachel Taylor (5D2)

Emma Blake (5D1)

Pheonix Gouws (5D1)

Jamie Smith (5D1)

Joanna Murray (5D1)

Emma Swanson (4D1)

Caitlin Findlay (4D1)

Scott Laing (4D1)

Molly Killoh (4D1)

Amelie Palmer (4D1)

Blythe Primrose (4D2)