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The façade around the courtyard at Crichton Castle.
The façade around the courtyard at Crichton Castle.

Crichton Castle is a ruined castle situated near the village of Pathhead, Midlothian in southern Scotland. The central portions of the old province of Lothian in Scotland, centred around Edinburgh, became known as Midlothian, Scotland. ... Motto: (Latin for No one provokes me with impunity)1 Anthem: Multiple unofficial anthems Capital Edinburgh Largest city Glasgow Official language(s) English, Gaelic, Scots2 Government Constitutional monarchy  - Queen Queen Elizabeth II  - Prime Minister Tony Blair MP  - First Minister Jack McConnell MSP Unification    - by Kenneth I 843  Area    - Total 78...

It was built by John de Crichton in the late 14th century as his family residence, and extended by his son, William Crichton, who later became the Lord Chancellor of Scotland. Later it became a seat of the Earls of Bothwell.

Mary, Queen of Scots spent a few nights at the castle while at a wedding. Mary I of Scotland, and Queen Consort of France; better known as Mary, Queen of Scots Mary, Queen of Scots redirects here. ...

The castle's most distinctive feature is its Italian-influenced façade surrounding the central courtyard.

It is now administered by Historic Scotland. Historic Scotland is the Scottish agency looking after historic monuments. ...

External links

  • Crichton Castle - site information from Historic Scotland

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Uktravel.com - Castle Guide (383 words)
Crichton Castle is built around a large square courtyard dominated by a rectangular tower house.
The castle was captured in 1559 during the Scottish Reformation by the Earl of Arran.
Outside the castle are the stables, which are reputed to be haunted by the ghost of William Crichton.
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