NS5851 : Polnoon Castle

taken 13 years ago, near to Eaglesham, East Renfrewshire, Great Britain

Polnoon Castle
Polnoon Castle
On 6th August 1388 at the Battle of Otterburn, Sir John de Montgomerie captured Henry, Lord Percy (also known as Hotspur). It is believed that Lord Percy built Polnoon Castle on a motte site for Sir John in lieu of a ransom for his prisoner who killed James, Earl of Douglas and mortally wounded the Earl of Moray. After being released Lord Percy went to Calais in 1391 and served as Governor of Bordeaux from 1393 to 1395. The Montgomerie armorial arms panel Link which can be seen above the entrance to Cross Keys House (formerly Cross Keys Inn) on Montgomery Street is thought to have originally been set in a recess above the entrance to Polnoon Castle. The panel commemorates Sir John's marriage to Elizabeth, daughter and heiress of Sir Hugh Eglinton of that Ilk, one of the two Justicaries of Scotland in 1361. The castle was refurbished for occupation in 1617 but was ruined by 1676. It became an scheduled monument on 9 March 1992. Other motte sites associated with the Montgomeries can be found at Motte Hill Link and at Castlehill Link .

Notes: The Battle of Otterburn took place according to Scottish sources on 5th August 1388 or 19 August according to English sources.
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Wednesday, 9 September, 2009   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 9 September, 2009
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 585 513 [100m precision]
WGS84: 55:44.0725N 4:15.3054W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 585 512
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