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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
wisharts port

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

The Tomb of Sir William Borthwick

One of the finest keeps in Scotland, Borthwick Castle also produced one of the finest tombs – that of its one-time occupant Sir William Borthwick.

Date added: 17 Nov 2018
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Mary Queen of Scots - the Castles of her Escape

Most people know Mary Queen of Scots made her dramatic escape from Lochleven Castle in Fife. But, where did she seek sanctuary next?

Date added: 30 Oct 2018

Castles of France - The Fortified Abbey of Lérrins

The latest in our series of articles featuring some superb French fortifications, this time the serene Lérrins Abbey.

Date added: 23 Oct 2018
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