New business named after Dunnottar Castle history

The history of Dunnottar Castle is a long and almost fairy-tale like story, and a new deli opening in Stonehaven has named their business after an interesting connection.

It may be easily mistaken that Maia and Dave Hinchey’s new deli “Graingers” is their surname, but a link from Maia’s childhood is the real reason for the interesting name.

After Charles I, King of England and Scotland, was executed by Oliver Cromwell in 1649, his young son Charles II made his way south to battle for his father’s kingdoms.

When Oliver Cromwell heard of the young King’s arrival, he was so enraged that he ordered the invasion of Scotland. Charles II was crowned at Scone, but the “Honours of Scotland”, the crown and other regalia, could not be returned to Edinburgh Castle as it had been taken by Cromwell’s army.

As the English crown jewels were already destroyed, the Honours of Scotland were the most potent icon of monarchy, and were next on Cromwell’s list. His army was fast approaching Scotland, so Charles II ordered the Earl Marischal to take the Honours to Dunnottar and secure them there.

Soon after, Dunnottar Castle was under siege and 70 men held out for eight months against the invading might of Cromwell’s army until heavy cannons arrived. After ten days of heavy fire, surrender was made, however this was after the Honours of Scotland were sneakily smuggled out of the Castle by Mrs Grainger, wife of the Minister, and hidden in Kinneff Church and Manse where they remained undiscovered until the King returned to the throne and the Honours were returned to Edinburgh Castle.

Deli owner Maia grew up in the historically famous Kinneff bedroom where the crown jewels were sneakily stored.