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Not Cawdor Castle
Caldour Castle, Castel of Caldore; Castle of Caldor; Castle of
He (?) granted to the earl and his mother a lease for five years of
his castle of Calder, and appointed him also tutor to his son, and
guardian of his castle and barony of Calder and his lands in
general. So bears a charter yet preserved by ...the history and
antiquities of the parish of Mid-Calder by Hardy Bertram M'Call -
In 1398, George the ‘Red’ Douglas with his allies, the
Sinclairs, the Lyndsays and the Nisbets, attacked the Douglases of
Dalkeith, burning lands around Dalkeith Castle and Stoneypath Tower,
testing the water to see what their ally and mentor Archibald ‘the
Grim’ would do. But, since he was preoccupied with other schemes
against the Dunbars, he did nothing. Encouraged by this, George
gathered more allies to his cause including the Sinclairs of Roslin
Castle in West Lothian and David Fleming of Biggar. He then attacked
lands in the west using Calder Castle as a base of operations and
systematically harassed the Dalkeith Douglases for the next two
years, demanding the return of his Father’s Liddesdale lands.
Eventually, George and his allies, with the Hays of Yester castle as
an escort, marched on Bothwell Castle for a meeting with Archibald.
George agreed to end the Red Douglas attacks in exchange for some of
the lost Liddesdale lands.
Calder House, the seat of Lord
Torphichen. In Calder House is a portrait of John Knox, which is
Eaid to be the only authentic portrait of the Reformer. Knox
preached at Calder House.
West Calder Castle is not a hotel
but a private Georgian mansion, situated at the centre of its own
3000 acre sporting estate. It is rented out at all times exclusively
making a prestigious, private and luxurious venue for conferences,
business entertainment, product launches, incentive travel, weddings
and bespoke private functions. Within the estate boundaries are
several smaller lodges suitable for overspill or holiday
accommodation. All surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens,
woodlands, lochs and parkland.
See: Dunbars Vs Douglas
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