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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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STIRLING CASTLE EXPERIENCE

Stirling Castle - A Most Amazing Experience!

A visit to Stirling Castle has been featured on a list of Europe's "most amazing experiences" in a new Lonely Planet guide.


Date added: 26 Jul 2013 read more about stirling castle experience
DRUM CASTLE HIDDEN CHAMBER

The Hidden Chamber of Drum Castle

Revealed: the hidden castle chamber where a Jacobite hid for 3 years after Culloden. Archaeologists have hailed a discovery at a castle near Aberdeen which has lain hidden for at least 150 years.


Date added: 06 Jul 2013 read more about drum castle hidden chamber
CASTLE PHOTOS SOCIAL HISTORY

Castle Photographs - a peep at Social History

A bonus from old photographs is that we are looking back 100 years in social history. The castles provide a backdrop for people in their every day lives. Here are just a few.


Date added: 30 Jun 2013 read more about castle photos social history
BOTHWELL CASTLE GATEHOUSE

Bothwell Castle - The Gatehouse

In 1337 Sir Andrew Moray captured Bothwell Castle from the English and 'scattered it from the foundations'. For 25 years it lay in ruin until 1362 when Sir Archibald Douglas married the Moray heiress, Lady Joanna.


Date added: 18 Jun 2013 read more about bothwell castle gatehouse
CHATEAU DE COUCY DESTRUCTION

The Destruction of Chateau de Coucy in 1917 - Brian McGarrigle

Open any book on Scottish castles and sooner or later mention will be made of Chateau de Coucy in Picardy, France, which is regarded to be one of the greatest castles of the middle ages.


Date added: 22 May 2013 read more about chateau de coucy destruction
LOCH-AN-EILEAN CASTLE INVERNESS

Loch-an-Eilean Castle - Inverness

Loch-an-Eilean Castle stands in the loch of that name about 5 km from Aviemore. It has been largely ignored by the academic world.


Date added: 14 Mar 2013 read more about loch-an-eilean castle inverness
WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BOTHWELL CASTLE?

Whatever happened to Bothwell Castle?

The appearance of Bothwell Castle today owes everything to Archibald Douglas, 1st Earl of Forfar, who demolished half of it in 1700.


Date added: 01 Mar 2013 read more about whatever happened to bothwell castle?
WAR DAMAGED CHURCHES

War Damaged Buildings Part 2

In Part 1 of this series attention was paid to castles that bore the marks of conflict. This account takes a look at 3 churches that suffered the same attention.


Date added: 28 Feb 2013 read more about war damaged churches
HOLYROOD PALACE

Holyrood Palace – The Great Tower of James V

King James V erected the great tower at Holyrood between 1529-32 as a freestanding residence, fortified and protected by drawbridge and moat. For 5 years it stood alone and detached from the other palace buildings.


Date added: 22 Dec 2012 read more about holyrood palace
WAR DAMAGED STRONGHOLDS PART 1

War Damaged Buildings Part 1

Many of Scotland's buildings retain evidence of conflict - here are just some of them.


Date added: 20 Dec 2012 read more about war damaged strongholds part 1
MONS MEG

Take it as red, Mons Meg had a paint job

The History of Edinburgh Castle has been rewritten after months of research by archaeologists and historians - dispelling some popular myths about the fortress.


Date added: 04 Nov 2012 read more about mons meg
CRAIGIETOCHER TOWER CHAPTER 3

The Building of Craigietocher Tower - Chapter 3

Did you know that we have our very own 'Grand Designs' project being built by one of our members? Phill Plevey is currently building his own Scottish Castle in the old style. Read about Scotland's latest castle.


Date added: 29 Oct 2012 read more about craigietocher tower chapter 3
SEMPILL SWORD

Ceremonial Sword and Scabbard Owned by the Sempills of Elliestoun

This large bearing sword, with its leather scabbard, belonged to the Sempills of Elliestoun. It was used for ceremonial purposes only. The sword is two and a half metres long.


Date added: 29 Oct 2012 read more about sempill sword
GROUND SOURCE HEATING

Ground Source Heating - A Personal View

We had been talking about ways of reducing our heating bills and improving our 'green' credentials when two factors coincided in 2008 to help us make a decision to put in ground source heating.


Date added: 20 Oct 2012 read more about ground source heating
CRAIGIETOCHER TOWER CHAPTER 2

The Building of Craigietocher Tower - Chapter 2

Chapter 2 in the building of a new castle, Craigietocher Tower, in the old Scottish Tower House style by SCA member Phill Plevey. Time frame: 2008 to 2011


Date added: 20 Oct 2012 read more about craigietocher tower chapter 2
CRAIGIETOCHER TOWER CHAPTER 1

The Building of Craigietocher Tower - Chapter 1

I started looking for a small Scottish Tower or L Plan Castle to restore in 1992 and although there are lots within a 50 to 75 mile radius of Aberdeen. I found I could not purchase one for a reasonable price.


Date added: 19 Oct 2012 read more about craigietocher tower chapter 1
MEDIEVAL LAVERS

Medieval Lavers in Scottish Tower Houses

When touring Clackmannanshire castles with the SCA in April 2010, I noted the presence of a carved stone basin in each of the halls of Clackmannan tower and Sauchie castle. Both drained out through the wall.


Date added: 12 Oct 2012 read more about medieval lavers
CRUGGLETON CASTLE

Cruggleton Castle - Brian McGarrigle

The ruins of the once grand Cruggleton Castle are located high on a rocky promontory overlooking the Irish Sea not far from Whithorn in Wigtownshire.


Date added: 03 Oct 2012 read more about cruggleton castle
WEE CUMBRAE CASTLE ATTACKED

The Attack on Wee Cumbrae Castle 1599

Little Cumbrae Castle stands on an island in the Firth of Clyde opposite the Ayrshire seaside town of Largs. It can be reached by boat from the latter and provides an excellent day’s excursion.


Date added: 26 Sep 2012 read more about wee cumbrae castle attacked
1867 OLD CASTLE PHOTOS

Castle Photographic Album from 1867 - taken by Fife Photographer John Patrick

In 1867 John Patrick of Kirkcaldy published an album of 28 photographic views of Fife many of which depicted castles. Each photograph had been carefully pasted onto card and labelled.


Date added: 04 Sep 2012 read more about 1867 old castle photos