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View from roof of Town House to S-S-W. Digital image of C 48415 CN

SC 800090

Description View from roof of Town House to S-S-W. Digital image of C 48415 CN

Date 20/6/1995

Catalogue Number SC 800090

Category On-line Digital Images

Copy of C 48415 CN

Scope and Content Rothesay Castle, Bute, Argyll & Bute, from east This view from the east, taken in 1995, shows part of the circular curtain wall on the left, with the 16th-century forework to the right, projecting into the moat. In the angle between the wall and the forework are the remains of the north-east tower, and on the other side of the courtyard is the north-west or 'Pigeon' tower. 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. It is now in the care of Historic Scotland and 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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