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Claypotts Castle
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Claypotts Castle

Claypotts Castle is a medieval castle located in the suburban West Ferry area of Dundee, United Kingdom. A castle (from the Latin castellum) is a structure that is fortified for defence against an enemy and generally serves as a military headquarters dominating the surrounding countryside[1]. The term is most often applied to a small self-contained fortress, usually of the Middle Ages. ... Dundee (Scottish Gaelic: Dùn Dèagh) located on the North bank of the river Tay, is a royal burgh and the fourth largest city in Scotland. ...

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History

The castle was originally built by John Strachan around the period of 1569 and 1588 according to dates inscribed on stones that make up parts of the castle, which make its construction longer than usual for such a small building. The land on which the castle was built was originally leased by the Strachan family from Tironensian Abbey of Lindores starting in the early sixteenth century. John Strachan Dr. John Strachan (April 12, 1778 – November 1, 1867) was an influential figure in Upper Canada and the first Anglican Bishop of Toronto. ... Lindores Abbey was a Tironensian abbey on the outskirts of Newburgh in Fife, Scotland. ... (15th century - 16th century - 17th century - more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 16th century was that century which lasted from 1501 to 1600. ...


In 1601 the Strachan family sold the castle to Sir William Graham of Ballunie who later sold it to Sir William Graham of Claverhouse. The castle became the property of the crown in 1689 after the death of the then current owner Viscount Dundee John Graham of Claverhouse at the battle of Killiecrankie. William Graham may refer to: William Alexander Graham, Governor and Senator from North Carolina William Graham, Representative from Indiana William Graham, American Revolution militia leader at the Battle of Kings Mountain William Graham, a British statesman who eventually presided over the Board of Trade William Graham, Welsh Assembly member... William Graham may refer to: William Alexander Graham, Governor and Senator from North Carolina William Graham, Representative from Indiana William Graham, American Revolution militia leader at the Battle of Kings Mountain William Graham, a British statesman who eventually presided over the Board of Trade William Graham, Welsh Assembly member... The Viscount Dundee John Graham, 1st Viscount Dundee (c. ... Combatants Jacobite Royalists (Highlanders & Irish) Orange Royalists (Covenanters, Lowlanders) Commanders Viscount Dundee† Hugh Mackay Strength 2400 foot 3500 foot Casualties 800, inc. ...

Claypotts Castle
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Claypotts Castle

In 1694 the castle was gifted to James Douglas, 2nd Marquess of Douglas. The castle later became the property of his son the Duke of Douglas and after his death in 1761 became the subject of a legal battle for the next eight years until the courts ruled Archibald Douglas to be heir. Ownership later passed to the 13th Earl of Home through marriage who later gifted the castle to the state in 1926. It is now in the care of Historic Scotland James Douglas, 2nd Marquess of Douglas (1646-1699) was the son of Archibald Douglas, Earl of Angus and Lady Anne Stuart. ... The title of Earl of Angus is an ancient one in the Peerage of Scotland, currently held by the Duke of Hamilton. ... Admiral Archibald Douglas, in 1902. ... Charles Cospatrick Archibald Douglas-Home, 13th Earl of Home (December 29, 1873–July 11, 1951) was the father of British Prime Minister, Alec Douglas-Home. ... Historic Scotland is the Scottish agency looking after historic monuments. ...


Architecture

The castle consists of projecting towers at opposite sides of a rectangular main block known as a z-plan tower house. This was a popular design in the sixteenth century and allowed for defenders to fire along the faces of the main block from both towers. Although it is doubtful that the castle would have had much of a role to play in defence due to the domestic scale of the castle. A tower house stands on a hillock near Quin along the back road from Limerick to Ennis. ...


References

  • On site tourist information board

External links

  • Historic Scotland official site

 
 

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