NY0265 : Caerlaverock Castle

taken 2 years ago, near to Blackshaw, Dumfries And Galloway, Great Britain

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Caerlaverock Castle
Caerlaverock Castle
The site at Caerlaverock has been in use since the start of the 13th century, with the original castle replaced by the current triangular one in 1277. The seat of the powerful Maxwell family, the castle was besieged and taken by Edward I in 1300. Caerlaverock was returned to the Maxwells but, in view of several sieges during the war of Scottish independence, Robert the Bruce ordered the castleís partial demolition to prevent it from falling into English hands. Bruce realised that the English army would hold a position of great strength if they held Caerlaverock.
The early 14th century saw extensive rebuilding of the castle in the newly independent Scotland with generous compensation from King Robert the Bruce. Further construction took place but, by the mid-16th century, when the Maxwells took up the cause of Mary Queen of Scots, Caerlaverock was again besieged and seriously damaged by an English Protestant army in 1570.
The tower in the foreground is known as Murdoch's tower. It held a pit-prison, a dark cell with its only access through a trapdoor in the ceiling. Murdoch, Duke of Albany, was the cellís most prestigious prisoner, held here before his execution at Stirling in 1425 as an act of vengeance by James I.
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Date Taken
Monday, 28 January, 2019   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 30 January, 2019
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NY 0254 6560 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:58.5266N 3:31.4508W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NY 0252 6556
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North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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