House & Family History: The 13th century Drum keep is one of the three oldest tower houses in Scotland, the work of Richard Cementarius. William de Irwyn, armour bearer, was honored with the charter of the Royal Forest of Drum by King Robert the Bruce in 1323. The Irvine family was in residence here until the estate was bequeathed, along with an endowment, to the National Trust for Scotland in 1976 by H.Q. Forbes-Irvine.
Garden & Outbuildings: Drum has a 100-acre wood, which includes a 12th century royal hunting forest, called the Old Wood of Drum, which has been designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
John Bernard (J.B.) Burke, published under the title of A Visitation of the Seats and Arms of the Noblemen and Gentlemen of Great Britain and Ireland, among other titles: Vol. II, p. 152, 1853.
John Preston (J.P.) Neale, published under the title of Views of the Seats of Noblemen and Gentlemen in England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland, among other titles: 2.S. Vol. I, 1824. Scotland, 1830.
House Listed: Category A
Park Listed: Listed
Past Seat / Home of: William de Irwyn, 14th century; H.Q. Forbes-Irvine, 20th century; Irvine family here from 1322 until 1975.
Current Ownership Type: The National Trust for Scotland
Primary Current Ownership Use: Visitor Attraction
House Open to Public: Yes
Historic Houses Member: No