Couple becomes first to marry in historic 17th-century mansion in 80 years


A happy couple became the first to marry at the historic Bannockburn home in 80 years last week.

When they got married on Friday, newlyweds Robert Vance and Erin Conner were the first to take vows there since 1941.

The couple, from Cumbernauld, got married in the mansion’s grand Laigh Hall, which has an ornate ceiling rose window made by the same craftsmen who worked on the plasterwork for Holyrood Palace.

The community-owned 17th-century A-rated building last hosted a wedding on Saturday, September 20, 1941, when Margaret Young – daughter of Bannockburn House Head Gardener Alexander Young – married Alexander McDonald.

Robert and Erin were drawn to the place because of its rich and colorful past, including its connection to Bonnie Prince Charlie.

After the ceremony, Erin said, “I kept walking past the house on the way to visit a friend, but never got a chance to come in to take a look.

Historic Bannockburn House set up for the big day

“I told Robert about it and we took a look online. We were both impressed with the building and grounds and decided to contact Bannockburn House to see if we could come and see it with a view to having our wedding there.

“We both love dark and out of the ordinary things, so when we were shown around the house and learned about its fascinating history from Events Manager Ross, we immediately fell in love with it. house is just amazing.

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She added: “To say that we had the opportunity to celebrate our big day in such a historic building and that this is the first wedding since 1941 is simply magical.

Erin Conner and Robert Vance

“On our first visit, we found a robin trapped in one of the rooms. When we opened the window to release the bird, it just sat perched in front of us before taking off. We saw this as a perfect sign that we had found our place.

“The house was the perfect setting for our wedding, and we had great photos in all the different rooms. We loved seeing the reaction from our friends and family, as well as staff and volunteers, to the transformation of the house for our wedding.

“We hope more people will consider the venue for their big day, helping to raise funds for the restoration of this magnificent building.

“We had the most magical day from start to finish and the support from the entire team of volunteers and staff at Bannockburn House was truly exceptional.”

The original part of the house was completed around 1675 by Sir Hugh Paterson. He bought the land in 1672 and the house was completed around 1675.

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