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View of S elevation of castle.

C 67760 CN

Description View of S elevation of castle.

Date 15/8/1996

Catalogue Number C 67760 CN

Category Photographs and Off-line Digital Images

Copies SC 799958

Scope and Content Hermitage Castle, Scottish Borders, from south-south-east This view from the south-south-east, taken in 1996, shows the entrance front of the castle. Note the projecting 'bretasche' at the wall-head above the doorway, from which objects could be dropped on unwanted visitors. The mid-14th-century tower is in the centre, flanked by the later south-west and south-east towers. The mid-14th-century castle was probably built by the Dacre family. Hermitage was owned in 1566 by James, Earl of Bothwell, and in that year Mary, Queen of Scots visited him there when he was ill. It was extensively restored in the 19th century, before it was given into State care. It is now open to the public and is in the care of Historic Scotland. There was a castle on this site in the mid-13th century, but nothing of it now survives. A hall or tower was built in the mid-14th century and was rebuilt in the late 14th century. Rectangular towers were subsequently added on three of the corners, and later a large tower was built on to the south-west corner, replacing a short wing of the tower. Source: RCAHMS contribution to SCRAN.

Medium Colour negative

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