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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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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
ARMS & ARMOUR

A brief history of

David Lee Donachie give us a brief history of Arm and Armour.


Date added: 14 Jun 2010 read more about arms & armour
VANESSA HARRYHAUSEN

Vanessa Harryhausen... I presume

Scottish Castles Association member Vanessa Harryhausen comes from a very interesting family. Fellow SCA member, John Buchanan Smith, met Vanessa as she was looking to acquire an historic Scottish property.


Date added: 14 Jun 2010 read more about vanessa harryhausen
PAUL MOWBRAY

Paul Mowbray - Artist, Designer and Wood Craftsman

Paul has accomplished a broad variety of projects from small intricate jewellery boxes for Argyll’s Lodging to large-scale projects like a panelled room at Wolmerstoune House.


Date added: 14 Jun 2010 read more about paul mowbray
FA'SIDE CASTLE

Fa'side Castle - by Sue Brash

SCA Member Sue Brash writes about the history of her home, Fa'side Castle, which is just outside Musselburgh.


Date added: 11 Jun 2010 read more about fa'side castle
CRAMOND TOWER

Cramond Tower - A Derelict Property - Rescued, Restored and Reoccupied

Although part of a much larger castle at one time, Cramond Tower is a tall narrow 16th-century tower house, with a vaulted basement. It is located in the picturesque village of Cramond.


Date added: 11 Jun 2010 read more about cramond tower
FORTS OF OMAN

The Forts of Oman - By Alastair Bain

SCA member Alistair Bain writes about Omani forts of Arabic design, with some Persian and Portuguese influence.


Date added: 14 Apr 2010 read more about forts of oman
BARHOLM CASTLE RESTORATION

Bringing Barholm Castle back to life

Unlike many of those who purchase a castle, we did not trawl Scotland’s ruined castles looking for one to restore. We simply fell in love with Barholm Castle the moment we saw it.


Date added: 14 Apr 2010 read more about barholm castle restoration
CASTLE OWNER PILGRIMAGE

A Castle Owner's Pilgrimage

SCA member Tom Clarke has successfully restored some fabulous historical properties including Howgill Castle, Lochhouse Tower and Kilmartin Castle. Here, he gives us a fascinating insight into his life...


Date added: 24 Feb 2010 read more about castle owner pilgrimage