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james ii of scotland

The Siege of Abercorn Castle 1455 - part II

The second in our series following the trials and tribulations of King James II

Date added: 15 Dec 2017

Tower House or Engine House? Inside Rais and Stonelaw Towers...

When is a Tower House not a Tower House? When it's an Engine House...

Date added: 20 Nov 2017

The Siege of Hatton Castle 1453 - part I

When William de Lauder of Hatton unwisely chose the wrong side in the dispute between the Earl of Douglas and King James II, the consequences for his castle - and his life - were dire.

Date added: 10 Oct 2017

History lessons revealed by west highland grave slabs

Around many of our castles and historic sites, ancient grave stones often have their own story to tell...

Date added: 20 Aug 2017
chateau haut koenigsbourg

Les Châteaux d'Alsace - where eagles dare!

Some Scottish Castles Association members recently spread their wings to visit some of the stunning castles in Alsace, France.

Date added: 26 Jul 2017

Touring a trio of islands - Kerrera, Lismore and Iona

Three days, three islands and some fabulous castles along the way. It's time to get exploring...

Date added: 24 Jul 2017
hume castle

Castle Warfare Part VII: The English capture Hume Castle in 1547 and are then caught napping!

The Duke of Somerset's dark plan to take Castle Hume led the Scots to use their guile to outsmart him...

Date added: 30 Jun 2017
edinburgh sentinel

The Ubiquitous Sentinel House

Some were utilitarian, others embellished but all sentinels brought a little light relief to otherwise bland fortifications.

Date added: 30 May 2017

Stirling Castle - a peek inside the restored Hall and Palace

From functional garrison to one of Scotland's architectural and historical treasures, Stirling Castle's restoration has been a stunning success.

Date added: 22 May 2017
broughty castle

Castle Warfare Part VI: The English capitulate at Broughty Castle 1550

A combined French and Scottish force saw off the English at Broughty Castle near Dundee. While many of them died during the battle, the castle survives today.

Date added: 11 May 2017

Castles of France - Château Vincennes Paris

A rare piece of medieval history still standing in Paris, Château Vincennes has a long history...

Date added: 04 May 2017

History of Bonnefont Castle (aka, Château de Saint-Just-Le-Martel)

A small 13th-century French castle near Limoges, Bonnefont has a fascinating history and has been recently renovated.

Date added: 24 Apr 2017

Castle Warfare Part V: The English capture of Lochwood Tower 1547

Another castle which played a part in the 1547 'War of Rough Wooing', Lochwood Tower near Moffat was garrisoned by the English for three years. Read the tale of its capture here...

Date added: 24 Apr 2017

Castles of France - Château du Haut-Koenigsbourg, Alsace

In the latest in our French Castles series we visit the formidable Château du Haut-Koenigsbourg which first came to notice in 1147.

Date added: 21 Mar 2017

Whatever happened to the Scottish Hall House?

Often lost in the fabric of more recent additions, the origins of the Scottish Hall House can be hard to detect - and why did they go out of use?

Date added: 05 Mar 2017
king james i of scotland

The hunt for King James I's lost royal tomb begins

The Scottish Castles Association president Professor Richard Oram is heading up a new exciting project to discover and recreate King James the First's final resting place in Perth.

Date added: 22 Feb 2017

Castles of France - Château Provins le-de-France - La Tour César*

In the start of an occasional series, we explore the evolution of castles, featuring a 'donjon' or great tower in Provins, France.

Date added: 16 Feb 2017

Achallader Castle - Argyll's forgotten tower?

Achallader may have been a small tower - and now is not much more than a store for farm machinery - but, nevertheless, it was a tower with an important tale to tell.

Date added: 31 Jan 2017

Castle Warfare Part IV: The English attack on Edinburgh 1544

Following the orders of an enraged King Henry VIII, Edward Seymour, the Earl of Hertford, set forth to attack Edinburgh. Read an account of his valiant efforts here...

Date added: 23 Jan 2017

Scots pensioner launches campaign to save Slains Castle

Yet another campaign to restore Slains Castle takes shape, thanks to the intervention of 82-year-old Joe Allan. Will this attempt be successful?

Date added: 16 Jan 2017