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Feature Articles

Within this section, you will find selected articles which have appeared in the association newsletter, The Journal, or are written up or supplied by our members, which would be of interest to our our members, potential new members and site visitors.



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BONNEFONT CASTLE

History of Bonnefont Castle (aka, Château de Saint-Just-Le-Martel)

A small 13th-century French castle near Limoges, Bonnefont has a fascinating history and is currently under renovation.


Date added: 24 Apr 2017 read more about bonnefont castle
WARFARE LOCHWOOD

Castle Warfare Part V: The English capture of Lochwood Tower 1547

Another castle which played a part in the 1547 'War of Rough Wooing', Lochwood Tower near Moffat was garrisoned by the English for three years. Read the tale of its capture here...


Date added: 24 Apr 2017 read more about warfare lochwood
CHATEAU DU HAUT-KOENIGSBOURG ALSACE

Castles of France – Château du Haut-Koenigsbourg, Alsace

In the latest in our French Castles series we visit the formidable Château du Haut-Koenigsbourg which first came to notice in 1147.


Date added: 21 Mar 2017 read more about chateau du haut-koenigsbourg alsace
SCOTTISH HALL HOUSE

Whatever happened to the Scottish Hall House?

Often lost in the fabric of more recent additions, the origins of the Scottish Hall House can be hard to detect. And why did they go out of use?


Date added: 05 Mar 2017 read more about scottish hall house
LA TOUR CESAR

Castles of France – Château Provins Île-de-France - La Tour César*

In the start of an occasional series, we explore the evolution of castles, featuring a 'donjon' or great tower in Provins, France.


Date added: 16 Feb 2017 read more about la tour cesar
ACHALLADER CASTLE ARGYLL

Achallader Castle – Argyll's forgotten tower?

Achallader may have been a small tower – and now is not much more than a store for farm machinery – but, nevertheless, it was a tower with an important tale to tell.


Date added: 31 Jan 2017 read more about achallader castle argyll
WARFARE EDINBURGH

Castle Warfare Part IV: The English attack on Edinburgh 1544

Following the orders of an enraged King Henry VIII, Edward Seymour, the Earl of Hertford, set forth to attack Edinburgh. Read an account of his valiant efforts here...


Date added: 23 Jan 2017 read more about warfare edinburgh
WARFARE INNERWICK

Castle Warfare Part III: Death at Innerwick - Life at Thornton 1547*

When the Duke of Somerset, Edward Seymour, sent his army towards Edinburgh, Thornton Castle and Innerwick Castle were in his firing line...


Date added: 02 Dec 2016 read more about warfare innerwick
ISLAND CASTLES

Scotland's Island Castles

Found in some of Scotland's most stunning vistas, here's a selection of those harder-to-reach but well-worth-the-effort-to-visit castles...


Date added: 29 Oct 2016 read more about island castles
LISMORE COEFFIN CASTLE

The ‘Great Garden’ - a trip to the Island of Lismore

On a Scottish Castles Association trip one castle often leads to another...and another. Join SCA member Brian McGarrigle on his extended trip to Lismore...


Date added: 01 Oct 2016 read more about lismore coeffin castle
WARFARE FERNIEHIRST

Castle Warfare Part II: Slaughter at Ferniehirst Castle

For those who think of the Scottish Borders' history as 'romantic', think again. Once an English garrison, Ferniehirst Castle near Jedburgh witnessed brutal savagery at first hand


Date added: 04 Sep 2016 read more about warfare ferniehirst
LOCHORE EYEMOUTH CONSOLIDATION

Lochore Castle and Eyemouth Fort Secured

Positive progress on consolidation work on Lochore Castle in Fife and historic Eyemouth Fort.


Date added: 17 Aug 2016 read more about lochore eyemouth consolidation
WARFARE WHITTON CESSFORD CASTLE

Castle Warfare Part I: Whitton Tower and Cessford Castle

The first of what will be an occasional series revealing the dramatic stories behind the war wounds still visible on our Scottish castles today.


Date added: 06 Aug 2016 read more about warfare whitton cessford castle
PEOPLE SCOTTISH CASTLES

Faces from the past – a snapshot of those who worked and played in Scottish castles

Enjoy this peep into social history, courtesy of some of our fabulous castles and the people who shared them...


Date added: 12 Jul 2016 read more about people scottish castles
PILMUIR HOUSE HADDINGTON

Pilmuir House – a 'delightful example' of a laird's house

Pilmuir House near Haddington, East Lothian was a particular favourite of Nigel Tranter


Date added: 09 Jul 2016 read more about pilmuir house haddington
GARTINCABER TOWER

'Doune and gloom' for Gartincaber Tower

Despite valiant attempts to save it, the 'centre of Scotland' is no longer watched over by unique Gartincaber Tower.


Date added: 30 Jun 2016 read more about gartincaber tower
DUNDONALD CASTLE AYRSHIRE

Old Bleary's grand design – Dundonald Castle

Built for King Robert II - known as Old Bleary - on his accession to the throne of Scotland in 1371, Dundonald Castle is now cared for by a passionate local trust.


Date added: 24 Jun 2016 read more about dundonald castle ayrshire
ROWALLAN CASTLE, AYRSHIRE

Something old, something new – Rowallan Castles are a beautiful union of Scottish castle styles

Two differing but stunning examples of Scottish architecture, Rowallan Castles – old and new – are standing strong.


Date added: 07 Jun 2016 read more about rowallan castle, ayrshire
CASTLE LACHLAN

Clan Lachlan's bid to preserve their ancestral home

Historic Castle Lachlan, on the banks of Loch Fyne, is once again being embraced by the Clan which bears its name.


Date added: 25 May 2016 read more about castle lachlan
ASGOG CASTLE

Asgog Castle's fight for survival

After a tumultuous history, Asgog Castle sits in an idyllic setting but is in far from idyllic condition...


Date added: 20 May 2016 read more about asgog castle