A-Z Challenge 2012 - I
The red sandstone Inverness Castle on the cliff overlooking the River Ness in Scotland is a comparatively modern castle. Although a series of castles have stood on the site since the 11th century, the castle we see today was built as recently as 1836.
|Inverness Castle - 2005|
The 12th century earth and timber fortress was occupied by English troops under King Edward I; King Robert the Bruce took and destroyed the castle in 1310. A stone castle founded in the early 15th century by the Earl of Mar had a square stone tower added by George Gordon, Earl of Huntly in the 1548. Gordon was constable of the castle until 1562.
He was hanged by Mary Queen of Scots after the castle had been taken for the Queen by the Frasers and Munros. Earlier the Queen had found the gates of the castle shut against her.
The castle was defended against the Jacobites more that once. During the second major Jacobite rising in 1745 it fell to Bonnie Prince Charlie (Prince Charles Edward Stuart). It was blown up after the Battle of Culloden.
The castle now standing on the site was built to house the Sheriff Courthouse and County Hall. A deep well and part of a bastion wall are all that remain of the medieval castle.
|Inverness Castle front - 2007|
Hilary Melton-Butcher's Castle H - Herstmonceux Castle, East Sussex