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Crichton Castle, Pathhead

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Crichton Castle is a ruined castle situated at the head of the River Tyne, near the village of Crichton, Midlothian, Scotland. The castle lies two miles south of the village of Pathhead, and the same distance east of Gorebridge, at. A mile to the south-west is Borthwick Castle.HistoryIn the late 14th century John de Crichton (d.1406) built a tower house here as his family residence. John's son, William (d. c. 1453), served as Lord Chancellor of Scotland, and was made Lord Crichton in c. 1443. In 1440 he had been partly responsible for organising the "Black Dinner", where the young William Douglas, 6th Earl of Douglas was murdered. As a result, he obtained the Douglas property of Bothwell Castle in Lanarkshire for himself. John of Corstorphine, chief of Clan Forrester and a Douglas adherent, stormed and slighted the castle in 1445 in retaliation. William, however, reconstructed and extended the castle, and also built the nearby collegiate church. The 3rd Lord Crichton was a supporter of Alexander Stewart, Duke of Albany, and his lands and titles were forfeit in 1483, when Albany was sentenced for treason. Crichton Castle, along with Bothwell Castle, was briefly granted to Sir John Ramsey, who forfeited it in 1488.
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  • Crichton Castle was one of the last castles my family and I visited while we were in Scotland and it was very interesting. The architecture and views from some of the remains were amazing! There was a...  more »
  • This Historic Scotland Castle is off the beaten track and once found is well worth the visit. Lots of wee nooks and crannies to peek into how we used to live all those years ago. Steeped in history wi...  more »
  • Although a bit off the beaten track and a wee bit of a walk from the car park, this castle is certainly worth a visit. Probably best with a baby in a sling or carrier but also possible with a buggy as...  more »
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  • Surprising amount of detail still left in this castle. More Complete than many better know monuments
  • Quite an impressive castle and setting from the outside. Not as interesting on the inside as others but still an interesting historical building.
  • A fiver is too much it doesn't even have a roof! Take my advice. Walk around the castle and stables outside instead, then go on the walk down to River from car park and have a look at the church. Then go spend the saved money on a nice coffee.
  • Compact family castle with Italian inspired fa├žade... Mary Queen of Scots visited...
  • IT IS A WONDERFUL MONUMENT.WE VISIT DE CASTLE IN 1981 TO SEE WHERE OUR ANCESTORS CAME FOR. WE LIVE IN CHILE SOUTHAMERICA AND HOPE TO COME BACK AS SOON WE CAN. ANA MARIA WILSON CRICHTON

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