28-11-07

Bothwell Castle

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Bothwell Castle is a large medieval castle sited on a high steep bank above a bend in the River Clyde, between Uddingston and Bothwell in South Lanarkshire, Scotland, about 10 miles (16 km) south-east of Glasgow. Construction of the castle was begun by the ancestors of Clan Murray, to guard a strategic crossing point of the Clyde. Bothwell played a key role in Scotland's Wars of Independence, changing hands several times.

The huge cylindrical Donjon was built in the 13th century, but before the rest of the castle was completed it was severely damaged in a series of sieges. Rebuilding in the early 15th century enlarged the castle, but it was abandoned by the 18th century and became the present massive rectangular ruin, with the Donjon to the west and the later Great Hall to the east side of the rectangular central courtyard, enclosed by long curtain walls.

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