Videos tagged with "scottish history"
Caerlaverock Castle [02:34]
Dumfries, Scotland Caerlaverock Castle is one of Scotland's great medieval fortresses. For 400 years it stood on the very edge of the kingdom. To the south, across the Solway Firth, lay England. For most of its history, Caerlaverock played an important role in the defence of the realm. Long before the castle was built, the Romans built a fort on the summit of Ward Law Hill, overlooking the castle from the north. By about 950, the British lords of 'Karlauerock' (the name may mean 'fort of the skylark') had built a fort on the site. Around 1220, Alexander II of Scotland, needing trusted men to secure the Scottish West March, granted the estate to his chamberlain, Sir John de Maccuswell (Maxwell). Sir John built the 'old' castle. Within 50 years, his nephew, Sir Herbert, had moved to a new castle just 200m away to the north. There the Maxwell lords remained for the next 400 years. Caerlaverock's triangular shape is unique among British castles. Why it was built this way is not known. A walk around the castle gives a sense of its strength, its economy of form and its pleasing geometry. Three lengths of defensive curtain wall are linked at their three angles by high corner towers. The north tower, facing into Scotland, is a mightily impressive twin-towered gatehouse, where the Maxwells had their private suite of rooms. Down the years the Maxwells repaired and upgraded their ancestral castle. The formidably impressive slotted defences (machicolations) at the tops of the three ...
Tags: Scotland, Castles, Dumfries, Natural History, Historic Scotland, Scottish History. Caelaverock
Lanark Festival of Scottish History 2011 cannon firing display [03:00]
Cannons from different periods firing at the Lanark Festival of Scottish History on Saturday 20 August 2011.
Tags: Scotland, Lanark, cannons firing, reenactment
Loch Leven & Harbour [02:25]
The weather was perfectly sunny all but for a breeze coming in from the freshwater loch. Loch Leven next door to the old county town of Kinross in east central Scotland and famous in Scottish history for the imprisonment of Mary Queen of Scots , who was placed in 'house arrest' Loch Leven Castle , on the island in the loch by the same name. You can take the wee 12-person ferryboat across to see the remains of this castle at a reasonable cost , after taking in tea , or something stronger , at the Boathouse Restaurant , with it's beautiful decked outdoor dining area.
Tags: Loch Leven, Kinross, Scotland, Scottish Places, Places to visit, Scottish History, Loch Leven Ferry Boats, The Boathouse Restaurant, Scottish Lochs, Travel, Kinross-shire, Loch Leven Harbour, Historic Places, On the water
Bothwell Castle [02:51]
A Photographic Slideshow Presentation of Bothwell Castle, by Escocia Photography. All images and music by Escocia Photography. For all enquiries regarding Bothwell Catsle, please contact "Historic Scotland".
Tags: bothwell castle, south lanarkskshire, black douglas, Scottish History, Scottish Castles, Hamilton, Motherwell, Bothwell, Uddingston, Lanarkshire, Mary Queen of Scots, William Wallace, Edinburgh Castle, Stirling Castle, Scotland, Alba, Scots History
Robert The Bruce Scone Palace Scotland [06:14]
The story of one of Scotland's greatest national heroes brought to life in the historic surroundings of the Moot Hill at Scone Palace, Perthshire, Scotland. Costumed actors telling the story of Bannockburn and Robert the Bruce, King of Scots.
Tags: robert the bruce, scone palace, bannockburn, scotland, moot hill, king of scots, perthshire, scottish history
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