Durisdeer Castle

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The site of Durisdeer Castle in Oldtown Wood, near Carronbridge, lies on one of two natural mounds. These are flanked by rising ground and although either could be a motte, there is no ground evidence to substantiate the siting or classification.

A small, abandoned stone quarry and disturbed ground in the north of the wood may be the source of the building stone.

Durisdeer Castle was held by the Menzies family, but occupied by the English during the Wars of Scotish Independence.  It was captured by Bruce soon after the Comyn murder but was back in English hands on May 1, 1306. It had been attacked and captured by Sir William Douglas, father of Sir James, in 1296.

See also:
•  Durusdeer Church

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