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View of Hermitage Castle from north-west, showing the earthwork in the foreground which survives from the 13th century predecessor to the 14th to 16th century stone castle. Digital image of C 67763 CN

SC 799959

Description View of Hermitage Castle from north-west, showing the earthwork in the foreground which survives from the 13th century predecessor to the 14th to 16th century stone castle. Digital image of C 67763 CN

Date 15/8/1996

Catalogue Number SC 799959

Category On-line Digital Images

Copy of C 67763 CN

Scope and Content Hermitage Castle, Scottish Borders, from west-north-west This view from the west-north-west, taken in 1996, shows the west and north fronts of the castle, with the late 14th-century north-west, and later (c.1400) south-west, towers with their linking arches. In front of this face is a massive earth bank, with a ditch in front of it, providing additional defence to that afforded by the masonry walls. 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.

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