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posted 12-12-2000 12:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for deborahknowles   Click Here to Email deborahknowles     Edit/Delete Message
Could someone please tell me anything about the above. I know that Mary Queen of Scots was executed there and that the castle was demolished.


Philip Davis
posted 12-12-2000 01:21 PM           Edit/Delete Message
All that remains of Fotheringhay Castle these days is a small earthern mound and an isolated and fallen chuck of the stone wall. There's a nice view of the small river and the large church from top of the mound. As soon as I can get my scanner working I scan some of the writing information I have and post it here, not that I have that much.

And as I rode by Dalton-Hall Beneath the turrets high, A maiden on the castle-wall Was singing merrily: The Outlaw by Sir Walter Scott

posted 12-13-2000 12:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Peter   Click Here to Email Peter     Edit/Delete Message
as mentioned, it is a lonely place. With strange huge thistles growing over the site. A fairly sprawly site, with, as said a lump of wall with a small railing round it and a plaque. I have some pic's somewhere, if you want me to scan one or two & send them.

Ciao Pete

posted 12-13-2000 01:06 PM           Edit/Delete Message
I'd heard somewhere that the thistles are known locally as 'Queen Mary's Revenge'!!!

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posted 12-14-2000 01:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for AJR     Edit/Delete Message
Additional info.
Richard III was born there (obviously when the castle was complete). It was built by Simon de Senlis, who was the first husband of Queen Matilda. It was the home of the Earl of Richmond until Edward II granted it to Edmund Langley, Duke of York. Mary Queen of Scots was brought herre from Chartley Castle in Staffordshire, and executed in the great hall on 5th February 1587.
The castle was demolished by Lord Newport in 1645 and parts of it sold to Sir Bruce Cotton. He built Connington, in Huntingdonshire with eleven of the great arches from Fotheringhayhall. In 1820 an old soldier called Wyatt was removing stones from the ruins and discovered a ring carved with the initials H and M entwined, and the Royal caot of arms of Scotland.
(taken from "Discovering Castles in England and Wales" by John Kinross, 1973)

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