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Gilnockie Tower - Dumfriesshire

Gilnockie Castle

Gilnockie Castle

Little survives of this 16th century tower house.

It was a stronghold of the unruly Armstrong clan, who were said to be able to muster 3000 men. The tower was built in 1518 but burned by Lord Dacre, the English Warden of the West March in 1523. In 1530 Johnnie Armstrong and 50 followers were summarily hanged on the spot, without trial, by James V after being tricked into joining the king on a hunting party. The event recorded in the old ballad.

Wording taken from The Castles of Scotland Third Edition by Martin Coventry

Added: 18 Apr 2010 Updated: 24 Nov 2014
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