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Balvenie Castle, Dufftown, Speyside

This evening, I am providing information on Balvenie Castle which is close to Dufftown in the Speyside region of Scotland, about 51 miles N.W. of Aberdeen.

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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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Carlisle Castle, N.W. England

This evening, I am reporting on  Carlisle Castle  in N.W. England which is prominently positioned overlooking the flood plain of the River Eden. This castle is some 900 years old and is built of red sandstone on the site of first century AD Roman fort. It has featured in border wars against the Scots, served as a base for patrolling an unruly border in Tudor times and was subject of re-fortification in the early 19th century in context of controlling political unrest of the times.

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