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Did someone say intrigue, murder, torture and treason? 😈 We think this stunning, moody shot is perfect for a castle that was fought over time and time again…
Nestled in Scotland’s wild border country, Hermitage Castle looks like an idyllic and peaceful site today, but for hundreds of years this place was at the heart of murderous and bloody struggles. In his book, The Steel Bonnets, George Macdonald Fraser even describes the Hermitage as “the guardhouse of the bloodiest valley in Britain”. 😱
The Scottish Castle was targeted for 400 years due to its role in controlling the Scottish Middle March and it even has inspired local legends, one of which we will look at today. It was also the scene of a dramatic episode in the life of Mary Queen of Scots. Do you know the tale?
Mary heard news that her trusted noble the Earl of Bothwell had been wounded. She rode out to the castle from Jedburgh, prepared to undertake a gruelling 25-mile journey to see Bothwell. It was rumoured that her two-hour visit was a secret lovers’ tryst with the man who eventually became her third husband. Would you have believed the rumours and gossip?
On the difficult journey back, Mary’s horse stumbled, throwing her into a bog. Her bad luck didn’t end there. She then contracted fever and was confined to bed in Jedburgh for a week. It was said she was fortunate to recover. A fortune that did not long stay with the Queen…
If you visit Hermitage Castle today, on the very same lands where this ill-fated royal once rode her horse, you might spot a wealth of wildlife. See if you can identify wildflowers on the riverbanks. If you’re lucky, you may even see nesting ospreys nearby. 😍
Please do tag us @historicscotland in the photographs or use the #HistoricScotland hashtag when sharing your pics of the 336+ historic sites we look after. We will be in touch directly to ask for permission to share one.
Massive thank you to @victoriaredpath for permission to share this epic shot!
A visit to Scotland would surely be incomplete without becoming caught up in the turbulent history and fascinating stories that lay behind the stone walls of its many castles.
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A little sneak peek into our #1891avenuescottage remodel. This is the original fireplace in the front room which is my new office. It needs a little TLC but I love the handcrafted details. I need to add tile that’s more to the period of the home. Some of the mirror paint has rubbed away. 🏡 .
We were so excited to find out that the gas insert works yesterday! I can’t wait to sit in front of this sweet fireplace and blog this winter as I watch the snow drift down onto our #slcavenues neighborhood! Feeling blessed 🏡 .
I got those little cottage houses from a potter in #scotland 🏡 .
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