Threave Castle

Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland

City/Town/Village: Castle Douglas
County: Dumfries and Galloway
Latitude/Longitude: 54.9392, -3.96958

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Threave Castle is a Listed Building. Here's what the official description says about it:

Later 14th century tower; artillery fortifications, curtain
walls and towers built circa 1450; partial dismantling of
tower 1640, repairs early 19th century to house prisoners
from Napoleonic Wars, consolidation work 1910 by Office of
Works.
Built for Archibald ("the Grim"), 3rd Earl Douglas, Threave
was the main stronghold of the Black Douglases in their
opposition to the Stewart Kings. In 1455 it was laid seige to
by James II for 2 months resulting in its surrender to the
Crown. In 1640 the partial dismantling of the tower was
ordered so as to render it unusable as a fortress, the roof
and battlements were removed. Rectangular keep, 5-storeys now
roofless with restored floor to 3rd. Double-height barrel
vault with mezzanine floor now missing had cellars to
basement and kitchen to mezzanine. Hall to 1st, paired bed
chambers to 2nd and garrison barracks to 3rd floor. Putt-log
holes for supporting a timber gallery for roof level defences
to 3 sides survive, 2 corbels from a defensive gallery over
the main door also survive.

Information from British Listed Buildings


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