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

Tutor Group Teachers  2019-20

1D1 Ms Shepherd Social Subjects Mon – Fri R14
1D2 Ms Macpherson Social Subjects Mon-Fri R13
2D1 Miss Duncan Humanities Mon-Tu, Th-Fri R9
2D1 Miss Swanson Humanities Wed R9
2D2 Miss Trimble Social Subjects Mon-Fri R8
3D1 Mr Paterson ADT Mon-Fri G12
3D2 Miss Deaney PE Mon-Fri G16
4D1 Mr Lock Humanities Mon-Fri R1
4D2 Miss Stuart Humanities Mon-Fri R11
5D1 Mrs Andrews Humanities Mon-Fri R12
5D2 Mrs Cowie Social Subjects Mon-Fri R7
6D Mrs Davidson PSAT Mon-Fri Google classroom

Pupil Leadership 2019-20

House Captains

Ella Perk                              House Captain

Emma Blake                       House Captain

Phoenix Gouws                  Sports Captain

Christina O’Rourke          Peer Support Captain

Joanna Murray                 Wider Achievement Captain



Aleisha Cowie                               Molly Killoh

Rachel Greig                                 Scott Laing

Rachel Taylor                               Caitlin Findlay

Jodie Harris                                  Jamie Smith

Kayleigh Thomson                       Aaron Staff

Logan Mackay-Downie               Jamie Guest

Owen Stewart                                Elspeth Paterson

John Seaton                                   Amie Byers

Emma Swanson                            Rachel Hepburn

Niamh Petrie                                 Chloe Webster

Blythe Primrose


Junior House Captains

Daniel Harris

Rosa Macaulay

Lucy Williams