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Hermitage Castle

By TrotterFechan
Hermitage Castle..Near Newcastleton, Roxburghshire, Scotland..GB grid reference NY495960..Hermitage Castle 06.jpg..Hermitage Castle..Type.First phase: motte and bailey..Second phase: tower house/keep with barmkin..Site information..Owner.Historic Scotland..Open to..the public.Yes..Condition.Partially ruined..Site history..Built.First phase: c.1240..Second phase: mid 14th century..Built by.First phase: Nicholas de Soulis..Second phase: William Douglas, 1st Earl of Douglas..In use.Until 1705..Materials.First phase: timber..Second phase: stone..Hermitage Castle is a semi-ruined castle in the border region of Scotland. It is under the care of Historic Scotland. The castle has a reputation, both from its history and its appearance, as one of the most sinister and atmospheric in Scotland.....It is thought that the name derives from Old French: l'armitage guardhouse. The castle was known as the guardhouse of the bloodiest valley in Britain, and the "Strength of Liddesdale".....Hermitage Castle was supposedly built by one Nicholas de Soulis around 1240, in a typical Norman Motte and Bailey pattern. It stayed in his family until approximately 1320 when his descendant, William de Soulis, forfeited it because of suspected witchcraft and the attempted regicide of King Robert I of Scotland. Legend has it that Soulis's tenantry, having suffered unbearable depredations, arrested him, and at the nearby Ninestane Rig (a megalithic circle), had him boiled to death in molten lead. In actuality, he died, a prisoner, in Dumbarton Castle. Hermitage Castle is reputed to be haunted by Redcap Sly, de Soulis's familiar spirit.....Under the Douglases..In 1338, the then incumbent, Englishman Sir Ralph de Neville was besieged by Sir William Douglas, The Knight of Liddesdale, known as the "Flower of Chivalry" (this sobriquet had to do with his abilities as a knight, although it is often misinterpreted by people with a rather romantic view of history). It was here that Douglas imprisoned, and

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femape 4 Argentina
10 Apr 2018 7:15PM
Muy bien compuesta.

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