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Caldour Castle, Castel of Caldore; Castle of Caldor; Castle of Caldore

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 - 1894

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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