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Château de Rouen, Normandy

Joan of Arc was imprisoned in the castle of Rouen in 1431 and you can still visit its donjon today.

Date added: 30 Mar 2020

Largo and its famous sons

Scots are renowned for their taste for adventure and two of Scotland's most intrepid sons have a connection with Largo. Do you know who they are?

Date added: 17 Mar 2020
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The English attack Kelso Abbey 1545

In 1545, following King Henry VIII of England's orders, the Earl of Hetford set out to destroy Kelso Abbey

Date added: 06 Feb 2020

Depictions of early sieges at Foix Castle and Jerusalem

Some ancient examples of French sculptures and tapestry provide us with some of the earliest 'real' depictions of sieges.

Date added: 21 Jan 2020

Buittle - Castle of the Balliols

The site of not one but two castles that have seen ruin and restoration, Buittle Castle is steeped in history with links to Scottish Kings and more.

Date added: 20 Dec 2019

Cowdenknowes - a house with a history

Cowdenknowes is a mansion of many parts – and with many stories to tell.

Date added: 29 Nov 2019

Marqab – The greatest tower in the Holy Land

One of the greatest surviving round towers of the middle ages still stands today – not in Scotland, but in Syria. But for how long?

Date added: 05 Nov 2019
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Castle Cluggy – an update

Almost hidden by trees and little-known, Castle Cluggy's secrets are about to be revealed...

Date added: 29 Oct 2019

Claypotts Castle – an insider's view

A rare chance to see inside Dundee's Claypotts Castle proved an invitation too good to turn down.

Date added: 28 Oct 2019
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Castle Roy and the Battle of Cromdale 1690

Castle Roy was in the powerful Clan Comyn's territory and witnessed the massacre of some 400 Jacobites at the Battle of Cromdale in 1690.

Date added: 02 Oct 2019

Drochil Castle - A Regent's Folly

Built as a 'noble recess' for himself, James Douglas, the Earl of Morton, was only able to enjoy Drochil Castle for just a few short years.

Date added: 04 Aug 2019

Castles of France - Montségur

Seemingly unassailable in its eagle's nest location, Montségur did eventually succumb to a siege by the Crusaders in 1244.

Date added: 13 Jul 2019

A Castle, a Battle and a tale of the Second Sight

Ormaclett is a castle with a twist in its tale... and a very short life!

Date added: 30 Jun 2019
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The Bishop's Palace, Glasgow

Glasgow's Bishop's Palace was not only the residence for the Archbishop but offered him vital protection having come under attack no fewer than six times in the 16th century.

Date added: 18 Jun 2019

Cambuskenneth - a Bell Tower which became a Tower House

When Cambuskenneth Abbey was 'ruined and cast down' in 1559 its Bell Tower, thanks to its suitability for conversion to a home, was saved.

Date added: 26 Feb 2019

Baltersan Castle restoration plans announced

News of exciting plans to restore Baltersan Castle is music to our ears!

Date added: 31 Jan 2019
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Scotland's Ports - Wishart’s Gate

Scotland's unwalled towns employed 'ports' to give them some form of security – even if just from unsavoury citizens afflicted with the plague!

Date added: 29 Jan 2019

The Siege of Roxburgh Castle 1460 - part IV

King James II had survived many battles before he lost his life to the most unlikely of opponents at the siege of Roxburgh Castle.

Date added: 10 Jan 2019
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The Wellhouse Tower by Edinburgh Castle

A sorry sight greets rail passengers arriving in Edinburgh today but Wellhouse Tower once carried out a vital role.

Date added: 18 Dec 2018
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Scotland's Gaff Drawbridges - and their French counterparts

If you were an unwanted visitor to a Scottish castle you may have been 'welcomed' by the order to 'draw the bridge' – a sure-fire sign, you weren't going to be asked in for a cup of tea!

Date added: 05 Dec 2018