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John Cleghorn
posted 07-01-2002 09:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for John Cleghorn   Click Here to Email John Cleghorn     Edit/Delete Message
Three questions:
1) Following up on information about the Cleghorn castle two miles outside of Lanark, Scotland, which ultimately was owned by the Lockharts. Does anyone know who originally built it or any other pre-Lockhart history?

2)I am also interested in the Lindsay tower near Crawford, Scotland in Lanarkshire. I have been told that there is a story circulating that William Wallace was married there and that he later sacked it. It is a wonderful old ruin.

3)There is another ruin of a Lindsay tower that was said to have belonged to the "Tiger Earl" Lindsay. It is close to Glamis and the coastal town of Arbroath, Scotland. I was told there that an American gentlemen purchased a title and the tower ruin came with it. Could this be the case and does anyone no more?

Thanks for any help at all on these questions.

posted 07-02-2002 02:56 PM           Edit/Delete Message
1. No, but if you find out anything I'd be evry interested to know.
2.Crawford Castle is also known as Crawford Lindsay,Tower Lindsay, Lindsay Tower,
and Crawford Douglas. I have no confirmation that Wallace was married at all, never mind married at Crawford. There is certainly some consistency in stories of his relationship with Marion Braidfute, though as with all else to do with Wallace, English records of the time (obviously tainted in nature) are all that remain in writing, all else is folklore. The present ruin stands upon the motte of it's predecessor, which retains a silted up moat, and large bailey.
The castle consisted of an almost square enclosure within a curtain wall 5ft thick, and measuring some 80ft by 70ft. Plans drawn by MacGibbon and Ross show a remnant of a semi-circular round tower in the north west corner. Similar towers at the other corners may have existed. The gateway was probably in the south wall, now mostly gone.
The north east corner of the court was once occupied by a lean to vaulted building of one storey. The northern two thirds of the western wall was formed by a large rectangular block of three storeys and a garret, of which only the once vaulted ground floor remains. There may have been a defensive wall to the west of the main block outwith the main enclosure. Much of what remains probably dates from an extensive rebuilding programme of the Marquis of Douglas in the 17th century.
The castle at Crawford was first recorded as early as 1175, and from an early date the hereditary keepers were the Carmichaels of Meadowflat. They retained the office until at least 1595, despite changes in ownership.
From the 13th century the Barony and castle were the property of the Lindsays. Sir William Wallace captured the castle from the English in 1297. In 1488 it was granted to the Douglas Earl of Angus until his forfeiture in 1528. He had changed the name from Crawford Lindsay to Crawford Douglas. It thereafter became a favoured hunting seat of James 5th, who repaid his keepers hospitality by making his daughter pregnant (see Boghouse). On the King’s death in 1542 the forfeiture was revoked, and the estate and castle reclaimed by the Earl of Angus. It was sold to Sir George Colebrooke in the 18th century.
Other References; Castle Crawford, Crawford Lindsay, Crawford Douglas.
3. This sounds like Lordcairnie. The ruin was up for sale a year or two ago, but I don't have any data on the outcome.

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John Cleghorn
posted 07-02-2002 08:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for John Cleghorn   Click Here to Email John Cleghorn     Edit/Delete Message
Wow - terrific stuff on the Crawford tower. Is there a way to access illustrations of the design in tact (any of them)?

The circular construction on the corner sounds very similar to one still on the ruin of the second Lindsay tower I mentioned near Arbroath.

As for the Cleghorn castle, all I know is that the Lockharts had the land since James II and that the only connection for the name may be to the place, which by that name may go back to the 1st or 2nd centuries AD and is translated by some as Cleg/CLAY horn/HOUSE (who knows whose). I was told there that there is a very low mound that is the ruin today but did not track to get there.

Thanks again for the information and I will update you if I find out more on the CLeghorn/Lockhart castle.

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