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Feature Articles

Within this section, you will find selected articles which have appeared in the association newsletter, The Journal, or are written up or supplied by our members, which would be of interest to our our members, potential new members and site visitors.



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SIEGE ABERCORN CASTLE

The Siege of Abercorn Castle 1455 - part II

The second in our series following the trials and tribulations of King James II


Date added: 15 Dec 2017 read more about siege abercorn castle
ENGINE HOUSE

Tower House or Engine House? Inside Rais and Stonelaw Towers...

When is a Tower House not a Tower House? When it's an Engine House...


Date added: 20 Nov 2017 read more about engine house
HATTON CASTLE SIEGE

The Siege of Hatton Castle 1453 - part I

When William de Lauder of Hatton unwisely chose the wrong side in the dispute between the Earl of Douglas and King James II, the consequences for his castle - and his life - were dire


Date added: 10 Oct 2017 read more about hatton castle siege
WEST HIGHLAND GRAVE SLABS

History lessons revealed by west highland grave slabs

Around many of our castles and historic sites, ancient grave stones often have their own story to tell...


Date added: 20 Aug 2017 read more about west highland grave slabs
THREE ISLANDS KERRERA LISMORE IONA

Touring a trio of islands - Kerrera, Lismore and Iona

Three days, three islands and some fabulous castles along the way. It's time to get exploring...


Date added: 24 Jul 2017 read more about three islands kerrera lismore iona
WARFARE HUME

Castle Warfare Part VII: The English capture Hume Castle in 1547 and are then caught napping!

The Duke of Somerset's dark plan to take Castle Hume led the Scots to use their guile to outsmart him...


Date added: 30 Jun 2017 read more about warfare hume
SENTINEL HOUSE

The Ubiquitous Sentinel House

Some were utilitarian, others embellished but all sentinels brought a little light relief to otherwise bland fortifications.


Date added: 30 May 2017 read more about sentinel house
STIRLING CASTLE

Stirling Castle - a peek inside the restored Hall and Palace

From functional garrison to one of Scotland's architectural and historical treasures, Stirling Castle's restoration has been a stunning success.


Date added: 22 May 2017 read more about stirling castle
WARFARE BROUGHTY

Castle Warfare Part VI: The English capitulate at Broughty Castle 1550

A combined French and Scottish force saw off the English at Broughty Castle near Dundee. While many of them died during the battle, the castle survives today.


Date added: 11 May 2017 read more about warfare broughty
CHATEAU VINCENNES PARIS

Château Vincennes Paris

A rare piece of medieval history still standing in Paris, Château Vincennes has a long history...


Date added: 04 May 2017 read more about chateau vincennes paris
BONNEFONT CASTLE

History of Bonnefont Castle (aka, Château de Saint-Just-Le-Martel)

A small 13th-century French castle near Limoges, Bonnefont has a fascinating history and is currently under renovation.


Date added: 24 Apr 2017 read more about bonnefont castle
WARFARE LOCHWOOD

Castle Warfare Part V: The English capture of Lochwood Tower 1547

Another castle which played a part in the 1547 'War of Rough Wooing', Lochwood Tower near Moffat was garrisoned by the English for three years. Read the tale of its capture here...


Date added: 24 Apr 2017 read more about warfare lochwood
CHATEAU DU HAUT-KOENIGSBOURG ALSACE

Castles of France – Château du Haut-Koenigsbourg, Alsace

In the latest in our French Castles series we visit the formidable Château du Haut-Koenigsbourg which first came to notice in 1147.


Date added: 21 Mar 2017 read more about chateau du haut-koenigsbourg alsace
SCOTTISH HALL HOUSE

Whatever happened to the Scottish Hall House?

Often lost in the fabric of more recent additions, the origins of the Scottish Hall House can be hard to detect. And why did they go out of use?


Date added: 05 Mar 2017 read more about scottish hall house
LA TOUR CESAR

Castles of France – Château Provins Île-de-France - La Tour César*

In the start of an occasional series, we explore the evolution of castles, featuring a 'donjon' or great tower in Provins, France.


Date added: 16 Feb 2017 read more about la tour cesar
ACHALLADER CASTLE ARGYLL

Achallader Castle – Argyll's forgotten tower?

Achallader may have been a small tower – and now is not much more than a store for farm machinery – but, nevertheless, it was a tower with an important tale to tell.


Date added: 31 Jan 2017 read more about achallader castle argyll
WARFARE EDINBURGH

Castle Warfare Part IV: The English attack on Edinburgh 1544

Following the orders of an enraged King Henry VIII, Edward Seymour, the Earl of Hertford, set forth to attack Edinburgh. Read an account of his valiant efforts here...


Date added: 23 Jan 2017 read more about warfare edinburgh
WARFARE INNERWICK

Castle Warfare Part III: Death at Innerwick - Life at Thornton 1547*

When the Duke of Somerset, Edward Seymour, sent his army towards Edinburgh, Thornton Castle and Innerwick Castle were in his firing line...


Date added: 02 Dec 2016 read more about warfare innerwick
ISLAND CASTLES

Scotland's Island Castles

Found in some of Scotland's most stunning vistas, here's a selection of those harder-to-reach but well-worth-the-effort-to-visit castles...


Date added: 29 Oct 2016 read more about island castles
LISMORE COEFFIN CASTLE

The ‘Great Garden’ - a trip to the Island of Lismore

On a Scottish Castles Association trip one castle often leads to another...and another. Join SCA member Brian McGarrigle on his extended trip to Lismore...


Date added: 01 Oct 2016 read more about lismore coeffin castle