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Crichton Castle

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HISTORY

It is a ruined castle near the village of Crichton, Scotland. It is situated at the head of the River Tyne, 3.2 km south of the village of Pathhead and the same distance east of Gorebridge. Built as a tower house in the late 14th century, it expanded as the power of the Crichton family grew.

However, the Crichtons fell from grace in the late 15th century, and the castle passed to the Earls of Bothwell. On January 4, 1562, the castle was the location of Patrick Jean's daughter's wedding and wedding party with John Stewart, the illegitimate son of King James V. John Stewart's half sister, Mary Stewart, Queen of Scotland, he spent a few nights in the castle while attending the wedding.

 

WHY THIS PLACE

In the 1580s the architect hired by Francis Stewart, the fifth Earl of Bothwell, traveled to Italy and brought in new styles and building technologies. He was particularly fascinated by the Palazzo dei Diamanti in Ferrara, which inspired him to add to the Castle of Chricto in an elaborate facade with diamond patterns. Another destination where to have the experience of marriage inserted in European culture and medieval history.

CURIOSITIES

• After Francis Stewart was accused of witchcraft the Castle was abandoned and its ruins are now in the care of Historic Environment Scotland.
• Crichton was used as a location in the 1995 film Rob Roy - The Passion Saga (starring Liam Neeson, Jessica Lange and John Hurt) and in the 2011 film The WickerTree.

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