#10 & #66 The
Keep of Hermitage Castle
The Borders, Scotland
This is NOT an official Lego site
is a massive and forbidding castle that began as a
residential rectangular tower about 1360. A string of
wicked or treacherous owners such as Baron de Soulis,
James Hepburn (whose affair with Mary, Queen of Scots was
the scandal of the 16th century Scotland) and Patrick
Hepburn, Earl of Bothwell (who was suspected of
treacherous secret dealings with the English) gave the
gradually enlarged castle a reputation for the ghastly as
well as the ghostly. Much of the present appearance can
be attributed to the Douglases.
majority of its existance, 'the strength of Liddesdale'
was a key to controlling much of the Border country.
Hermitage became known as "the guardhouse of the
bloodiest valley in Britian" as its location was
highly prized and fought over. The very building of the
original timber castle and its impressive earthworks in
1242 almost caused a war between Scotland and England.
The original timber castle is long gone, but the
earthwork defences remain. By the nineteenth century
major restoration took place and in 1930 the castle was
placed in the care of the State.
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