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Ruins of Harbottle Castle
Ruins of Harbottle Castle

Harbottle Castle is situated in the village of Harbottle, Northumberland, 9 miles west-north-west of Rothbury overlooking the River Coquet (grid reference NT932048). Harbottle is a rural village in Northumberland county, England. ... Northumberland is a county in northern England. ... Rothbury is a town in Northumberland, England, located on the River Coquet near the Simonside Hills and the Northumberland National Park. ... The River Coquet runs through the Alnwick district of the County of Northumberland, England, discharging into the North Sea on the east coast of England at Amble. ... The British national grid reference system is a system of geographic grid references commonly used in Great Britain, different from using latitude or longitude. ...

It is thought that the mound on which the keep stands was a site used by the ancient Britons and that in Saxon times there was a stronghold on the site held by Mildred, son of Ackman. The present castle was built about 1160 by the Umfraville family at the request of King Henry II on land awarded to them following the Norman Conquest, presumably as a defence against the Scots. Brython and Brythonic are terms which refer to indigenous, pre-Roman, Celtic speaking inhabitants of most of the island of Great Britain, and their cultures and languages, the Brythonic languages. ... The famous parade helmet found at Sutton Hoo, probably belonging to King Raedwald of East Anglia circa 625. ... Umfraville, the name of an English baronial family, derived from Amfreville in Normandy. ... Henry II of England (5 March 1133-6 July 1189) ruled as Count of Anjou, Duke of Normandy, and as King of England (1154–1189) and, at various times, controlled parts of Wales, Scotland[], eastern Ireland, and western France. ... Bayeux Tapestry depicting events leading to the Battle of Hastings The Norman Conquest of England was the conquest of the Kingdom of England by William the Conqueror (Duke of Normandy), in 1066 at the Battle of Hastings and the subsequent Norman control of England. ... “Scot” redirects here. ...

Not long after its erection, in 1174, it was taken by the Scots and was then rebuilt more strongly. In 1296 it was besieged by Robert de Ros and some 40,000 men, but the siege was withheld. In the 1310s Robert the Bruce captured the castle. It was restored in 1336, but in ruins again by 1351. It was repaired at the end of the 14th century and in about 1436 the castle passed into the hands of the Tailleboys. It was for a long time the residence of the Warden of the Middle Marches and used as a prison. Events Vietnam is given the official name of Annam by China. ... Events March 30 - Edward I stormed Berwick-upon-Tweed, sacking the then Scottish border town with much bloodshed. ... A siege is a military blockade of a city or fortress with the intent of conquering by force or attrition, often accompanied by an assault. ... Robert de Ros or Roos of Fursan (1177 – December 11, 1226) was the fourth baron by tenure of Hamlake manor (later associated with the barony of de Ros). ... Robert I, King of Scots (Mediaeval Gaelic:Roibert a Briuis; modern Scottish Gaelic: Raibeart Bruis; Norman French: Robert de Brus or Robert de Bruys; 11 July 1274 – 7 June 1329), usually known in modern English as Robert the Bruce, was King of Scotland (1306 – 1329). ... Events End of the Kemmu restoration and beginning of the Muromachi period in Japan. ... Events End of the reign of Emperor Suko of Japan, third of the Northern Ashikaga Pretenders Start of the reign of Emperor Go-Kogon of Japan, fourth of the Northern Ashikaga Pretenders May 1 Zürich joins the Swiss Confederation. ... This 14th-century statue from south India depicts the gods Shiva (on the left) and Uma (on the right). ...

A child's poem about the castle set in stone
A child's poem about the castle set in stone

In 1515 Margaret Tudor, the widowed queen of James IV of Scotland and sister of Henry VIII, having been banished by the regent, the Duke of Albany, came to the castle with her second husband, the Earl of Angus. While there a daughter was born, who was also called Margaret. Margaret was to become the mother of Lord Darnley, the second husband of Mary, Queen of Scots, and grandmother of James VI of Scotland and James I of England. Further building work took place between 1541 and 1551 and more repairs were made in 1563. 1515 was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Margaret Tudor (29 November 1489 – October 1541) was the eldest of the two daughters of Henry VII of England and Elizabeth of York, and the elder sister of Henry VIII. In 1503 she married James IV, king of Scotland, thus becoming the mother of James V and grandmother of Mary... James IV (March 17, 1473-September 9, 1513) - King of Scots from 1488 to 1513. ... For other meanings see Henry VIII (disambiguation). ... Regent, from the Latin, a person selected to administer a state because the ruler is a minor or is not present or debilitated. ... John Stewart, 2nd Duke of Albany (1481 or 1484–2 July 1536 in Mirfleur, France) was Regent of the Kingdom of Scotland, Duke of Albany in peerage of Scotland and count-consort of Auvergne and Lauraguais in France. ... This article needs cleanup. ... Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox (October 8, 1515 – March 7, 1578) was the daughter of Archibald Douglas, 6th Earl of Angus, and Margaret Tudor, Queen Dowager of Scotland. ... Henry Stuart, Duke of Albany (7 December 1545 – 9 or 10 February 1567), commonly known as Lord Darnley, King Consort of Scotland, was the first cousin and second husband of Mary, Queen of Scots, and the father of her son King James VI, who became King James I of England. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... James VI and I (James Stuart) (June 19, 1566 – March 27, 1625) was King of Scots, King of England, and King of Ireland. ... Events The first official translation of the entire Bible in Swedish February 12 - Pedro de Valdivia founds Santiago de Chile. ... Year 1551 was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar) of the Julian calendar. ... Events February 1 - Sarsa Dengel succeeds his father Menas as Emperor of Ethiopia February 18 - The Duke of Guise is assassinated while besieging Orléans March - Peace of Amboise. ...

After the Union of England and Scotland, the castle fell into decay and its stones were used in other buildings. In 1865 Roger Widderington used both the stone and the name to build a new manor house at the east end of the village. The Union of Crowns refers to the accession to the thrones of England and Ireland of King James VI of Scotland in March 1603, following the death of his unmarried and childless cousin, Elizabeth I, the last monarch of the Tudor dynasty. ... 1865 (MDCCCLXV) is a common year starting on Sunday. ... Ightham Mote For the London district, see Manor House, London. ...

Today only earthworks and some standing masonry remains. The site is run by Northumberland National Park Authority and entry to it is free. Northumberland National Park is the northernmost national park in England. ...

See also

Harbottle is a rural village in Northumberland county, England. ...

Photos of castle ruins


Coordinates: 55.33720° N 2.10875° W Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...

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However by 1543 the castle was in such a bad state of repair that the garrison was in danger from falling walls and timber.
It is worth recording that local folklore tells of escape tunnels from the castle and although recent excavations have found no trace of them a visiting dowser located five possible places, all five paces wide (approximately eight feet) and all ending at the peak of the castle ruins.
A poem "The Sad Castle" by Felicity Lance, a pupil from Harbottle School is inscribed on a stone slab adjacent to the picnic area.
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Unfortunately, King Robert the Bruce captured the castle in 1311, but it survived the threat of demolition.
In the 16th century, Lord Dacre, Warden of the Middle March, took up residence and the castle became one of the main prisons for troublesome border reivers.
At Harbottle, the lady gave birth to a daughter, also Margaret, the future mother of Lord Darnley (husband of Mary, Queen of Scots and father of James VI).
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