NT4229 : Newark Castle

taken 9 years ago, near to Broadmeadows, Scottish Borders, Great Britain

Newark Castle
Newark Castle
A rectangular tower with 3m thick walls, first mentioned in 1423, and standing on a natural stronghold, reinforced by a 16th century barmkin. The castle was passed back to the Crown in 1445 from the Earls of Douglas and became one of only two royal castles in the Middle March, serving both as an estate centre for Ettrick Forest and a hunting retreat. In 1547-8, the English took the barmkin, burnt the stables, but could not capture the house. They came back the next year and did so. In 1645 100 prisoners from the battle of Philiphaugh were slaughtered in the courtyard, and Cromwell's troops occupied it in 1650. The apocryphal site of The Lay of the Last Minstrel, by Sir Walter Scott, the castle was deroofed in the 18th century. (Source: Borders and Berwick, an Architectural Guide by Charles Alexander Strang).
Viewed from the A708 in the adjacent square.
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Date Taken
Friday, 14 March, 2008   (more nearby)
Submitted
Sunday, 16 March, 2008
Category
Castle > Castle   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NT 4207 2939 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:33.2847N 2:55.1916W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NT 4191 2975
View Direction
South-southeast (about 157 degrees)
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