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Couple accused of having weapons on the grounds of Prince Charles’s Dumfries House in Scotland

On Wednesday, a couple appeared in a court cited for having a crossbow at a Dumfries House, the Scottish Estate Prince Charles saved from closure.

In June 2007, The Duke of Rothesay led a group of charities and heritage organizations to acquire this rare house along with its contents and adjacent land.

In June 2007, The Duke of Rothesay led a group of charities and heritage organizations to acquire this rare house along with its contents and adjacent land.

Steven Stewart and Mary McDougall were arrested by police at Dumfries House in Cumnock, Ayrshire on Tuesday.

Additionally McDougall is accused of having a knife in a public place during the same incident.

They pair were caught by the royal security team with Prince Charles.

They made no plea or declaration, and the case is set to continue next month. Both remanded in custody by Sheriff Carole Cunninghame.

Stewart and McDougall, from Catrine, Ayrshire, are charged with creating “fear and alarm” by revealing the weapon whilst a member of the Royal Family was in residence.

In addition, the pair is also accused of “displaying a crossbow openly”, disturbing the peace and acting in a disorderly manner.

The Duke of Rothesay, (as Prince Charles is styled in Scotland) spent Tuesday and Wednesday at the Dumfries House Estate opening two new buildings.

On Tuesday, Charles opened the Morphy Richards Engineering Education Centre.

On Wednesday, he opened the estate’s new indoor gymnasium and climbing wall. There he was pictured riding a stationary bike and trying his hand at table tennis.

Built between 1754 and 1759 for the 5th Earl of Dumfries, Dumfries House has remained the same for the past 250 years.

The principal rooms, furnishings and contents are still as they were when the 5th Earl was in residence. The property contains an exceptional collection of Chippendale furniture and is a testament to the 18th-century design.

In June 2007, Prince Charles as Grand Steward of Scotland led a group of charities and heritage organizations to acquire this rare house along with its contents and adjacent land. The goal was simple: keep the historic building as it was and allow the public to witness its unique beauty.

Photo Credit: Peter Broster via Flickr

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