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June 2008
The blog page, a place where I can record and then archive my monthly updates and all the news of my hunt for castles UK.
This months castles, are from Dumfriesshire and were taken during our October 2007 trip to Scotland.
In May we've got back doing what we love, castle hunting and working on the website. At Spring Bank Holiday, we went up north, first to York with a visit to Clifford's Tower and the Castle Museum and then a walk on the town wall to the Railway Museum, now that's what I call a fantastic day out. Next day we took a look at some of the castles, north of Newcastle, with a visit to Morpeth and its 2 castles in the afternoon, on the way home, we called in at Bruce's Port in Old Hartlepool, with its defensive wall and gate and the Napoleonic legend of the Hartlepool Monkey, you just couldn't make that one up or could you!!
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Walmer Castle Wallpaper
Walmer Castle, OS 179/TR 378-501 Kent England, is this months wallpaper.
The picture was taken in September 2006, on a lovely sunny day and the view is of the castle, looking through part of its wonderful gardens. In 1708, the fortress became the official residence of the Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports and the Duke of Wellington, who held the post of Lord Warden for 23 years, died here on the 14th September 1852 and a great many of his personal effects, are in the fascinating on-site Wellington museum
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Buittle Castle
Buittle Castle, OS 84/NX 819-616 Kirkcudbrightshire Scotland, is a 12th century earthwork motte and bailey fortress, founded by the Lords of Galloway. In the early to mid 13th century, Devorgilla de Galloway and her husband, John Balliol founded the timber and stone courtyard and baileys castle on the site. The site is owned by Balliol College, Oxford and is private, with no public access. The castle is only visible from the road.
Buittle Place
Buittle Place, OS 84/NX 818-616 Kirkcudbrightshire Scotland, is a mid 14th century stone and timber royal courtyard fortress, founded by King Edward Balliol. Standing in a triangular court, which was originally the inner bailey of Buittle Castle is the medieval Royal Burgh of Botel. The site is owned by Jeffrey and Janet Burn. The Borderers carry out a programme of living history events, which are held at weekends from Easter to December, at intervals of approximately six weeks.
Old Buittle Tower
Old Buittle Tower, OS 84/NX 818-616 Kirkcudbrightshire Scotland, was originally a late 16th century stone rectangular tower house, founded by the Black Douglases. In the early 17th century, Maxwell, the Earl of Morton added the wing founding the L-plan tower house. The site is owned by Jeffrey and Janet Burn, well what can you say about this site, it's got it all, a castle, a palace and a tower all in the same spot. Jeffrey was not only good enough to let us visit, he gave us a guide tour, with a cup of tea thrown in. What this man doesn't know about the history of the area, isn't worth knowing, a true five star castle man. I'm going back to one of the living history events, its a must for any castle or Reivers nut.

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