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Crawford Castle

Crawford Castle South Lanarkshire Scotland

Crawford Ccastle was first mentioned in 12th Century documents hut almost certainly it was built before that. The surrounding area is particularly rich in Roman army camps which were sited here because of the important river crossing at Crathes. In fact the road on which the castle stands is called Champs Road and leads to Camps Reservoir and Campshead.

Crawford Castle belonged to the Carmichaels, Lindesayes and eventually the Dukes of Angus home before reverting to the Crown of Scotland. At one stage it is thought to have been used as a hunting seat by James V, father of James I and VI of England and Scotland. His wife was Margaret of France, and a story is told of the "Scottish Dessert" promised by James V when his French
companions complained of the lack of vegetation and generally bleak aspect of Crawford Moor. The king is supposed to have replied that he would provide them with a dessert for dinner that night "richer than anything produced in France". He gave each astonished guest a plate full of Scottish gold coins produced in Crawford Parish.  Wallace was reputed to have taken the castle from English hands, but the truth is uncertain. We do know that James V repaid the hospitality shown by his Seneschal Carmichael by making his daughter pregnant. The Castle is located one mile from Crawford village, South Lanarkshire, Scotland.

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