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Morton Castle, Dumfries and Galloway

Location: DG3 5GH (map and directions)

Morton Castle lies 2.5 miles north-east of Thornhill, in the hills above Nithsdale and once was part of a chain of castles along the strategically significant Nith Valley. Morton Castle sits atop a hill so that it stands proudly to be seen throughout the breathtaking grounds of the castle.

Morton Castle, Dumfries & Galloway - Wikimedia Commons
Morton Castle - Wikimedia Commons

History of Morton Castle

While a previous castle did stand here in 1307, the one which remains today was built by the Earls of Morton in the mid 15th century. The structure would have looked very similar to nearby Caerlaverock Castle, with triangular walls around a central courtyard. Today Morton Castle stands in ruins, but the western tower that remains would have formed part of an impressive gatehouse. The structure was captured and burned in 1588 during James VIís battle against John, 8th Lord Maxwell, after which ownership changed hands back to the Morton family. Morton Castle then was sold several times throughout the 17th and early 18th century, until it was abandoned.

In 1890 repairs on the remains of Morton Castle were begun, but the structure remains today as it was at that time. Today Morton Castle is in the hands of Historic Scotland.

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