Bothwell Castle, Uddingston

Bothwell Castle, Uddingston, Scotland

This evening, my focus is on Bothwell Castle, one of the few great castles of Scotland which are within easy reach of Glasgow. This huge edifice stands on the banks of the River Clyde and dates from the 13th century. The building project was initiated by Walter of Moray but was never completed as originally envisaged.It is possible the 13th century Wars of Independence interrupted construction. However, the great tower or donjon was completed. Overall, the castle represented a symbol of Moray’s status and wealth.

Between 1296 and 1337 control of the castle switched between Scots and English control no less than six times. In the late 1300s the castle was restored by the Earls of Douglas. In 1669 the Earls of Forfar acquired ownership only to abandon the site during the late 1600s in favour of a new mansion built close by.

Bothwell Castle, Uddingston

Bothwell Castle, Uddingston, Scotland

Bothwell Castle, Uddingston

Bothwell Castle, Uddingston, Scotland

This site does not attract the huge crowds which flock to Edinburgh and Stirling Castles. However, a very substantial building which has played its role in Scottish history. I include the site in tours when approriate.

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