Bothwell in South Lanarkshire, Scotland, United Kingdom
‘The Most Magniﬁcent Ruin in Scotland’
Torn apart by the Wars of Independence, this stalwart castle survived siege after siege. Rebuilt, it became an imposing noble and royal stronghold.
1. Donjon, William Murray's grand residence.
2. Prison tower with a miserable pit-prison in the basement.
3. South-east tower, crowned with an elaborate corbelled parapet.
4. Great hall, the main banqueting room.
Bothwell was designed as a high status residence for a high powered family. Walter Murray inherited the land in 1242 from his father-in-law, Walter Olifard, and wanted a grand residence to befit the family's high social status. However, his plans were never finished, possibly interrupted by Edward I's English invasion in 1296.
begins building the mighty castle.
of England takes Bothwell during his first invasion of Scotland.
as Edward I deploys a great siege tower called 'le befefrey' (belfry).
dismantled the castle to prevent further English attacks.
overthrows the Black Douglas owners and Bothwell becomes a royal castle.
The yellow areas show the sections of the castle that remained unfinished.
Location. 55° 48.572′ N, 4° 5.697′ W. Marker is in Bothwell, Scotland, in South Lanarkshire. Marker can be reached from Castle Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bothwell, Scotland G71 8BL, United Kingdom.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 24 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Roman Military Bathhouse, Bothwellhaugh (approx. 4.4 kilometers away); Betrayed & Captured (approx. 11.3 kilometers away); Wallace's Well (approx. 11.3 kilometers away); Spirit of Scotland Monument (approx. 22.9 kilometers away); Battle of Loudoun Hill (approx. 22.9 kilometers away).
Also see . . . Historic Scotland- Bothwell Castle. (Submitted on September 1, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee.)
Categories. • Forts, Castles •
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