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 Castles of Scotland - Caerlaverock Castle






Location
near Dumfries, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland

Description
Caerlaverock Castle is an unusual triangular shape with a tower at each corner. surrounded by a moat and set in hundreds of acres of low lying willow woods. Caerlaverock was built to control the South-West entrance to Scotland. Construction began around 1277 by the Maxwell family. Inside the castle is the remains of courtyard residences dating from the 1600s. It is now in the care of Historic Scotland and is a popular tourist attraction and wedding venue.

History
Caerlaverock Castle is very close to the border with England, and had to be defended several times against English forces. One such event was The Siege of Caerlaverock of 1300 by Edward I of England who had eighty seven of Barons of England in his army, and also knights of Bretagne and Lorraine. The English eventually captured the castle but the 60 men occupying the castle held them at bay for a lengthy period. (This was during the war against the Scottish king John Balliol, in the time of William Wallace).


Other Castles in the Area
  Comlongon Castle, Dumfries and Galloway
  Edingham Castle, Dumfries And Galloway
  Kirkconnell Tower, Dumfries and Galloway
  Lochmaben Castle, Dumfries and Galloway







Lochmaben Castle
Caerlaverock Castle

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Lochmaben Castle
Caerlaverock castle

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Lochmaben Castle
Caerlaverock Castle and Moat

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