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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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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
SCOTTISH CHINESE CASTLE

Scottish Castle - Made in China

An old traditional Scottish Castle which has been carefully built 'brick by brick' in the craggy hills in the heart a Vineyard in China's 'Shandong Province'.


Date added: 31 May 2012 (members only) read more about scottish chinese castle
ARDROSSAN CASTLE

The four phases of Ardrossan Castle

Like so many west of Scotland sites, Ardrossan Castle, in Ayrshire, has been shamefully neglected in castle literature.


Date added: 02 Apr 2012 read more about ardrossan castle
BOTHWELL CASTLE

Bothwell Castle Reconsidered

Allan Rutherford and John Malcolm have challenged the accepted chronology for the construction of Bothwell Castle.


Date added: 29 Feb 2012 read more about bothwell castle
BEE BOLES

Talking a lot of Boles

Bee Boles in Scottish Castles - Bee keeping was popular before the days of sugar as a sweetener. Candle wax constituted an additional benefit.


Date added: 13 Feb 2012 read more about bee boles
TIBBERS CASTLE DUMFRIES

Tibbers Castle (Dumfries)

John Goodhall in his excellent new book 'The English Castle' (2011) asks the question 'Why did Edward I not build castles in Scotland as in Wales'?


Date added: 09 Jan 2012 read more about tibbers castle dumfries
BOTHWELL CASTLE DONJON

Bothwell Castle Donjon

John Goodhall (The English Castle 2011) revisits the question of just what was the inspiration for the donjon at Bothwell.


Date added: 09 Jan 2012 read more about bothwell castle donjon
CAISTEAL NA NIGHINN RUAIDHE

Caisteal na Nighinn Ruaidhe - (The Castle of the Red Haired Maiden)

Lochavich is a small glen south of Oban, between the sea at Kilmelford and the Campbell power base of Loch Awe. On the small island of Innis Luina stand the ruins of Caisteal na Nighinn Ruaidhe.


Date added: 07 Jan 2011 read more about caisteal na nighinn ruaidhe
CARNBANE CASTLE

Carnbane Castle - By Stuart Morris of Balgonie

Stuart writes about Carnbane Castle, situated in Glenlyon Glen, Perthshire.


Date added: 23 Sep 2010 read more about carnbane castle
ITALIAN CHAPEL

Rachel Stuart describes how she was captured by an Italian prisoner

SCA Member Rachel Stuart of Blackhall Manor describes how she was captured by an Italian Prisoner of War, or at least, the little chapel he (Domenico Chiocchetti) built on Orkney during the Second World War.


Date added: 23 Sep 2010 read more about italian chapel
BALTERSAN CASTLE BY JAMES BROWN

Baltersan by James Brown

SCA member, James Brown's greatest wish would be to see Baltersan Castle in Ayrshire restored to its former glory. Over the years James has researched the castle and its history.


Date added: 21 Jun 2010 read more about baltersan castle by james brown
SCOTTISH PAINTED CEILINGS

Jennifer Merredew and a recent client on creating a Scottish Painted Ceiling

Decorative artist Jennifer Merredew gets a call to create a medieval painted ceiling.


Date added: 17 Jun 2010 read more about scottish painted ceilings
BLACKHALL MANOR HISTORY

Blackhall Manor - Its History and Restoration

Although a very modest house in the context of Scottish “castles” in general and the SCA’s membership in particular, Blackhall Manor in Paisley, Renfrewshire has a history which stretches back 850 years.


Date added: 15 Jun 2010 read more about blackhall manor history