The History of Traquair in 50 Objects; No. 1

Published 22nd January 2018

The Traquair Yews

The yew tree circle which can be found in the woodland at the back of the main house near the banks of the Quair Water are made up of four trees that appear to be planted in a circle. Their hunched and twisted limbs stretch into one another creating a cave like canopy that gives a unique and mysterious atmosphere.

Are these yews remnants of the ancient Royal hunting forest that encircled Traquair? No one can be sure but they are thought to be up to a thousand years old.

They are surely some of the original and oldest “objects” at Traquair and have seen plenty of action pass under them through the centuries. I can remember spending hours climbing around these trees as my children have done and they are recommended as the best climbing trees in the grounds!

The walk through these woodlands is known as Lady Louisa’s Walk and the yew trees are just opposite a part of the water known as the Ladies’ bathing pool so perhaps the ladies of the house would have rested or changed here.

More recently, promenade plays have used them as the setting for the The Fairy Queen’s arbour and where Macbeth’s Witches stirred their cauldron. There have been weddings, poetry readings and prayers all beneath these branches which exude a history and natural beauty that endures today.

Traquair House The History of Traquair in 50 Objects 22nd January 2018