Greene here. On July 14th I blogged about
nobles living inside a Scottish Castle. If you missed my blog and are
interested, go to the archives.
The nobles living in the castle had a luxurious and responsible
lifestyle. Life for the servants was drastically different. As nobility had a
hierarchy level, so did the servants.
Steward held complete
charge of the entire household. He gave orders to the cooks, the musicians and
storytellers, as well as to the servants of the lord and the ladies in waiting.
Under the Steward, these upper level
servants were then in charge of other servants, like bakers, gardeners,
tailors, washerwomen, carpenters and undercooks. If the lord were away, then
the Steward took charge of the
castle. He also recorded the rent that people living on castle land paid. The Steward was often a member of the noble
family. Can you imagine how much the Laird of the Castle trusted him?
Marshal organized the groomsman who looked after the horses, the
blacksmiths and the farriers who shoed the horses. The Marshal also ordered the carters who made and drove the carts, the
boatmen and the stable boys. The Marshal
organized sending messages to other people, maybe even to the King. If the
lord wanted to go hunting, the Marshal
organized the hunt.
Constable, also known as the Keeper,
controlled castle security, weapons and the gunners, the archers and the
men-at-arms who defended the castle. He organized the porters who guarded every
door and the bodyguards, who guarded important members of the family. Most
castles had a prison and the Constable oversaw the jailers.
Chaplain was a priest who conducted services in the castle chapel and
advised the lord about religious matters. The Chaplain oversaw choirboys and other people involved in church
services. Churchmen were among the few people who could read and write at this time,
so the Chaplain wrote any letters
that the lord needed. The church had great power in those days.r
The Steward, the Keeper, the Chaplain
and the Marshal had their own rooms in the castle. All the other servants
found space where they could, many sleeping on the floor of the hall or in the
kitchen for warmth. There might be a separate dining area for the servants;
otherwise they ate where they worked.
Most of the servants in the
castle were men. The lady of the castle had her personal servants, high-born
women who were known as her ladies-in-waiting. Women also worked as washerwomen,
alewives who brewed beer, and nurses who looked after any of the lord’s young
Children also worked in a castle.
In the kitchen the cook always needed water carrying from the well. A small boy,
known as the turnbrochie, sat by the
fire to turn the metal spits of roasting meat. Children carried messages from one
noble to another.
The Laird of the Castle spent much
time travelling, meeting with other members of the nobility, attending
parliament, and meeting with the king or queen. When he travelled, many of his
servants went with him. Only a few remained in the castle with the lady to
attend to any local business.
Read about the children in Castle Drummond in my book Marriage
By Arrangement to be available December 6, 2013. Would you have liked to
have grown up living in or near a Scottish castle? Would you have liked for
your children to be subject to the whims of a noble?
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ANNE GREENE delights in writing about wounded heroes
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