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Bute, Rothesay, Rothesay Castle. Oblique aerial view.

BU 597

Description Bute, Rothesay, Rothesay Castle. Oblique aerial view.

Date 1973

Collection John Dewar

Catalogue Number BU 597

Category Photographs and Off-line Digital Images

Copies SC 800099

Scope and Content Aerial view of Rothesay Castle, Bute, Argyll & Bute This aerial view from the south-east, taken in 1973, shows the circular castle and its grounds in its setting in modern Rothesay. In the top right is Rothesay Bay, with part of the pier. When the castle was built, the sea came close to it, so that it was a conspicuous feature of the waterfront. Rothesay was taken by Cromwellian forces in the Civil War, who are said to have dismantled it. What was left was burned in 1685. Successive Marquesses of Bute, hereditary keepers, cleared up the ruins and rebuilt the forework in the 19th and early 20th century, and gave it into State care in 1961. Now in the care of Historic Scotland, it is open to the public. Rothesay Castle was in existence in 1230, when it is recorded as having been taken by Norsemen, who hacked through the wall with axes. It was originally contained within an unbroken circular curtain wall. Later in the 13th century four circular towers were added, and in the 16th century a forework was built. Source: RCAHMS contribution to SCRAN.

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