This evening I am presenting an image of Strathaven Castle which sits on a rocky mound above the conservation village which shares its name.

The first castle was built by a branch of the Baird family. The first stone castle was built c 1350 but burned down in the 1450s.possibly in context of a strategy of James II to curb power of local nobles. The castle was gifted by the King to Sir Andrew Stewart and subsequently acquired by Sir James Hamilton of Finnart. Later, in 1611, the castle was passed to the Marquess and Dukes of Hamilton in 1611 in whose hands the castle remained until 1912


The castle is close to the town centre and entry is free. Worth a visit if in the area.

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