Tales and Traditions of Scottish Castles

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Neil Wilson Publishing, Oct 18, 2013 - Architecture - 144 pages
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Nigel Tranter's gift for bringing Scottish history to life is demonstrated in this lively book which details 45 of the nation's castles with associated tales and traditions. With a broad geographical spread, Tranter breathes life into many of Scotland's gaunt and shadowy ruins with a lively mix of anecdote, fact, myth and legend. An essential holiday companion when visiting Scotland.
 

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Contents

1 Aberuchill Castle and the Mail
1
2 Ballindalloch Castle and Lairdly Problems
4
3 Bemersyde and True Thomas
6
4 Blackness Castle and its Prisoners
9
5 Borthwick Castle under Assault
12
6 Carnassarie Castle and the Big Man
15
7 Cassillis House and the Kings of Carrick
18
8 Cawdor Castle and the Thanes
21
25 Lennoxlove and Britannia
69
26 Lochleven Castle and a Queens Tragedy
72
27 Luffness Castle and the Locked Door
75
28 Mearns Castle and the Kirk
78
29 Megginch Castle and the Secret Passage
81
30 Melgund Castle and the MarriageStone
84
31 Menstrie Castle and the Baronets
88
32 Merchiston Castle and The Enlightenment
91

9 Craigmillar Castle and a Royal Treachery
24
10 Doune Castle and the Bonnie Earl
26
11 Duart Castle and the Clan Spirit
29
12 Duchray Castle and Two Commonwealths
32
13 Dunderave Castle and the Changeling
35
14 Dunnottar Castle and the Honours of Scotland
37
15 Fairburn Tower and the Brahan Seer
40
16 Finavon Castle and the Tiger
43
17 Gilnockie Tower and Johnnie
46
18 Castle Girnigoe and Sinclairs Law
49
19 Harthill Castle and the Awkward Laird
52
20 Hawthornden Castle and the Kings Caves
54
21 Hermitage Castle and a Queens Love
57
22 Inchdrewer Castle and the White Dog
60
23 Innis Chonnell Castle and its Imprisoned Child
63
24 Killochan Castle and the Lords Work
66
33 Monymusk and the Reliquary
94
34 Muchalls Castle and the Lairds Lug
96
35 Neidpath Castle and the March
99
36 Newark Castle and the Sorrowing Duchess
102
37 Orchardton Tower and the French Connection
105
38 Pitcaple Castle and the Great Marquis
108
39 Pitreavie Castle and the Curse
111
40 Provan Hall and a Kings Conscience
114
41 Rossend Castle and a Poets Licence
117
42 Steuarthall and the Judges Lady
120
43 Threave Castle and Mons Meg
124
44 Castle Tioram and the Great Frog
127
45 Whittinghame Tower and the Plotters
130
Index of OS Map References
133
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