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MacLellan's Castle (13)

An old view of Kirkcudbright from the harbour, with the ivy covered ruins of the castle beside the church.

 

Sir William Maclellan of Bombie, accounted one of the most accomplished gentlemen in Scotland at the time, with many of his kinsmen, fell at the Battle of Flodden in 1513. His son, Thomas, was killed at Edinburgh by the Barons of Drumlanrig and Lochinvar, with whom he had a feud; and it was a son of this Thomas, also named Thomas, who eventually built the Castle.

 

At the Reformation, Sir Thomas MacLellan, as Provost of Kirkcudbright, managed to obtain the monastic lands. He married Grizel Maxwell, daughter of the 4th lord Maxwell, to whom the faded initials above the front door belong.

 

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Taken on February 21, 2012