Drochil Castle

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A massive Z-plan castle in the Scottish Borders, Drochil Castle lies between the Tarth and Lyne Waters, 7 miles (11 km) southwest of Peebles.

 

It was built by James Douglas, Earl of Morton, Regent of Scotland, but was not completed before his execution in 1581 for his part in the death of Henry, Lord Darnley, husband of Mary Queen of Scots.

 

The castle consists of an almost square double-gabled central block with two projecting towers, corbelled out to square above first-floor level, at opposite corners.

 

The basement is barrel-vaulted, and contained the kitchen and cellars. Passages ran the length of the building on each floor, from which individual chambers were reached – rather than each chamber opening into the next. A turnpike stair rose at one end of the passage. The hall was on the first floor with an adjoining private chamber, while many rooms occupied the floors above.




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Sources for this article include:
  • Canmore
  • The Castles of Scotland

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