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Caerlaverock Castle

This has to be one of my favourite castles in the UK. Building started on this castle, the second on the site, in 1270 and largely completed by 1300. It was owned by the Maxwell family and is unique in that it's floor plan is an equilateral triangle surrounded by a large moat. I believe it is the only three sided castle in existance in Scotland.

In 1300 Edward had besieged Caerlaverock Castle during his Scottish wars  against king John Balliol. A war still remembered for the brave resistance put up by the Scots under Sir William Wallace.

Located in the Scottish Borders about three miles from Dumfries, the castle of the Lords Maxwell posed a formidable obstacle to the king's plans to control Scotland. In a contemporary poem entitled "The Song of Caerlaverock," Walter of Exeter, a Franciscan friar, chronicled the entire event. This documented the entire siege, the soldiers and knights who were there and how the seige was conducted. It was this "Poem" that fired my interest in medieval heraldry when I came acros it back in 1969.

Caerlaverock Castle

This has to be one of my favourite castles in the UK. Building started on this castle, the second on the site, in 1270 and largely completed by 1300. It was owned by the Maxwell family and is unique in that it's floor plan is an equilateral triangle surrounded by a large moat. I believe it is the only three sided castle in existance in Scotland.

In 1300 Edward had besieged Caerlaverock Castle during his Scottish wars  against king John Balliol. A war still remembered for the brave resistance put up by the Scots under Sir William Wallace.

Located in the Scottish Borders about three miles from Dumfries, the castle of the Lords Maxwell posed a formidable obstacle to the king's plans to control Scotland. In a contemporary poem entitled "The Song of Caerlaverock," Walter of Exeter, a Franciscan friar, chronicled the entire event. This documented the entire siege, the soldiers and knights who were there and how the seige was conducted. It was this "Poem" that fired my interest in medieval heraldry when I came acros it back in 1969.

comments (6)

Wow! Really, Les, this it is a precious castle! The photography is full of color and that I like. Only fact of except a better approach in the walls of the castle smile
Les Auld: Thanks Jose, glad you like it.
  • PhotoSam
  • United Kingdom
  • 9 Sep 2007, 14:43
looks serenely PERFECT!
Les Auld: Not too perfect, a bit knocked about as well, but the surrounding area is great with a Wetlands and Wildlife Trust just down the road.
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 9 Sep 2007, 16:40
Definitely my kind of photo, Les! I'm a glutton for these castle ruins.
Les Auld: Thanks Ginnie, can't beat a bit of history.
Excellent shot and fascinating commentary. (:o)
Les Auld: Thanks Rosalyn, glad you liked it.
  • spoon
  • Romania
  • 9 Sep 2007, 22:08
Very nice shot and story
Les Auld: Thanks Spoon, appreciate the comment.
Nice shot Les, the pink hue in the stone is great. Sandstone? Can you imagine what it must've been like living here?
Les Auld: I think it is sandstone, local stone probably there is a lot of it about in the North West. I just can't imagine what it would be like, wandering around the ruins does not really give you enough of an impression. Thanks for the comment.

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