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Battle camp and combat at Bothwell

9 June 2010

Bothwell Castle, Scotland’s largest and finest 13th century stronghold, is inviting visitors along this Sunday for a thrilling insight into its turbulent past.
The dark days of 1337 – when the mighty medieval monument was in the hands of supporters of the English, and the last recorded siege of the castle took place – are being recreated in an exciting re-enactment event, At The Gates of Bothwell.

Bothwell Castle, with its vast battlements and impressive circular towers, was created as a spectacular display of feudal pride by the Morays or Murrays, a northern aristocratic family.  Their formidable bastion figured prominently in the Wars of Independence with England and was fought over repeatedly in siege after siege.  In the most famous, Edward I, the ‘Hammer of The Scots’, enlisted the full power of 6,800 soldiers to take over the castle.

On Sunday 13th June, visitors will get a dramatic insight into siege warfare. They’ll meet Sir Andrew Murray and his campaigners who have journeyed from the north-east of Scotland to recapture Bothwell Castle in its final siege.  Find out about their strategy to reclaim the property and the weaponry this will require, learn about the part played by the fearsome Bustour or siege tower, enjoy skilled combat displays, and visit the bustling battle camp.

At The Gates of Bothwell is from 12 noon until 4.00pm on Sunday and the event is included in the price of admission to Bothwell Castle (£3.70 for adults, £2.20 for children and £3.00 for concessions).

Historic Scotland Events Manager Nick Finnigan said: “Bothwell is an outstanding monument to medieval Scotland, and the fact that it was fought over in so many sieges underlines its importance in our country’s history.  Our costumed re-enactors will be bringing these turbulent times to life to give visitors an exciting first-hand insight into the last siege of this incredible castle.”

And those taking part in Historic Scotland’s ‘Family Challenge’ - to visit as many of Historic Scotland attractions as possible by 16th July for a chance of winning a superb VIP castle experience – can make the most of the Bothwell Castle event to add another visit stamp to their Challenge passport.



  • Bothwell Castle is situated at Uddingston off the B7071. Postcode G71 8BL.
  • Bothwell Castle is just one of 345 outstanding heritage properties and sites in the care of Historic Scotland.  Ranging from prehistoric dwellings to medieval castles, and from cathedrals to industrial buildings, these include some of the leading tourism attractions in the country. Among the most popular are Edinburgh, Stirling and Urquhart Castles, Skara Brae, and the Border Abbeys.  For further details of all of Historic Scotland’s sites visit:
  • Historic Scotland’s Mission is: to safeguard Scotland’s historic environment and to promote its understanding and enjoyment.
  • Historic Scotland’s current ‘Make Your Own History’ membership promotion is offering 15 months’ membership for the price of 12 when membership – enabling unlimited access to 78 paid attractions - is purchased by direct debit.  Family membership costs less than £7 a month.  For more information on the offer, which runs until mid July, visit:
  • - search for Make Your Own History
  • Historic Scotland’s ‘Family Challenge’ – asking families to see how many different attractions they can visit by 16th July -  is designed to encourage take up of the three months’ free offer before it closes.  To take part in the Family Challenge, families need to download a ‘passport’ from the ‘Make Your Own History’ microsite,  They then have to get their passport stamped at each Historic Scotland site they visit by 11th July.  After the deadline, they have to send their stamped passport to Historic Scotland to show the number of sites they’ve visited.  A winner will then be selected to win a special prize – a VIP family experience at one of Historic Scotland’s top castles.

For further information, interviews and images

Ellen Drummond Ferroni
0131 668 8685 / 07801 820757