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Hello Everyone,

This is Sanquhar Castle, in Dumfries and Galloway.

It looks much clearer in large format by opening it in a 'New Tab'.

Its strength has very much to be imagined now, but it does have an interesting history.

Sanquhar Castle was built by the Crichton family in the 13th century and was a stronghold bounded on the west by the River Nith, to the north by a burn, and made stronger by a deep ditch running round the remainder of the boundary.

In its heyday, it was visited by many notable figures including Robert the Bruce, William Wallace, Edward I, Mary, Queen of Scots, and James VI.

In the mid 17th century the castle was sold to Sir William Douglas, 1st Duke of Queensberry. For some reason, he decided to build the fairytale, pink sandstone Drumlanrig Castle, only ten miles south of Sanquhar. As you can imagine, that was the death knell for Sanquahar Castle, which slowly fell into disrepair!

The castle is in the grounds of a farm, where the owner has a campsite for up to six caravans or motorhomes. We stayed there and were allowed to use our metal detectors in the fields near the castle.

We were full of anticipation, having visions of medieval armour or coins. Sadly, no such luck, just a few Victorian coins which were in a relatively poor condition.

John (tyro) visited us in his vintage ford car, which was another happy memory of our stay in Sanquhar.

I will add a second photograph showing the situation of the castle rather than details of the castle.

Thank you for your interest, Bev :-)

ktanska, holmertz, jhm, PaulVDV, Fis2, tyro, jean113, Ilonka1974, papagolf21, ikeharel, PiotrF has marked this note useful

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