Langholm Castle, Scotland

This evening, I am focusing on Langholm Castle in the Scottish Borders.

Langholm is a small town located about 72 miles/2 hours south of Edinburgh. The ruined castle, a Tower House, sits on a piece of parkland between the River Esk and former course of the Ewes Water (river).

The ruins measure 9.2m long and 6m high.

View from Langholm Castle

A summary history of the castle is as follows:

  • Originally a Maxwell site.
  • Built by Christopher Armstrong of Barngliesh around 1526.
  • Fell into English hands  1544.
  • By 1578 was in Johnstone hands for short time.
  • Maxwells regained possession but burnt by Scottish King in 1587.
  • Johnnie Armstrong was keeper in 1596.
  • Sacked in early 17th century.
  • Bought by Earl of Nithsdale in 1618 then Scotts then Earl of Buccleuch in 1643.
  • Demolished after 1726.

Artist’s illustration of clash during the Border Reiver period.

Langholm, Scottish Borders.

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