Craigmillar Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland

Tonight, I am focusing on Craigmillar Castle which lies about five miles south of the city of Edinburgh, Scotland.

Like many other British castles, Craigmillar evolved over many hundreds of years. It was incepted as a free-standing Tower House, probably in the 14th century. For the first 250 years of its existence, Craigmillar was the property of the Preston family. In 1660 it was acquired by Sir John Gilmour and was eventually abandoned (by the Gilmours)  in the late 18th century. Craigmillar’s most famous guest was Mary, Queen of Scots who visited in 1563 and again in 1566.

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