Neidpath Castle

Region : Peeblesshire
Location : Peebles
Details : An earlier castle here belonged to Sir Simon Fraser. He defeated the English at Roslin Moor in 1302, but was later captured and executed by the English. The property passed by marriage to the Hays in 1312. Neidpath Castle is a massive 14th century stone four storey L-plan tower house, founded by the de Hay family. Built against the steep banks of the River Tweed, the main block with its rounded corners, originally had three vaulted rooms. Extensive alterations to the tower in 17th century, removed the top vault and divided the middle vault, to fit in extra floors. In the small courtyard are a range of buildings from the 16th to 18th centuries. Mary Queen of Scots stayed there in 1563 and her son, King James VI, visited in 1587. The castle was beseiged by Cromwell in 1650. In more recent times, the castle was used during filming of “The Bruce”.
The castle is quite badly damaged and does have scaffolding up and there are warning signs telling you not to climb on it. From the ourside, the castle is on a hill (it is best to get to the castle from the road side rather than through the park if it is muddy and wet).
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Newton Castle

Region : Perthshire
Location : Blairgowrie
Details : a detailed history can be found at clan-macpherson

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