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Encyclopedia > Drumlanrig Castle

Drumlanrig Castle is a large castle in the Southwest of Scotland, near to Thornhill, in Dumfries and Galloway. It is owned by the Duke of Buccleuch.


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Scottish Castles Photo Library - Drumlanrig Castle, Dumfries and Galloway (353 words)
Although parts of an original 14th century castle have been incorporated, the present Drumlanrig Castle was created as a mansion in the 17th century, by which time defensive ramparts had given way to comfortable living and large, airy windows.
The original castle was built in the middle of the 14th century by the Douglases.
Drumlanrig is built of local pink sandstone on a hill (Drum) at the end of a long (lang) ridge (rig) overlooking the Nithsdale Hills.
Closeburn Castle and Drumlanrig Castle (309 words)
The Kirkpatrick family who inhabited Closeburn Castle have their own specially symbol of misfortune: that of a swan with a bloody breast, relating to an old family story.
Many years ago two swans used to visit the castle, and at least twice their appearance heralded the miraculous recovery for ill members of the family.
The castle also has a story about a murder victim whose blood can not be washed from the floor of one of the passageways, a common folklore motif.
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