Bothwell Castle At Dawn
The winter sun over Bothwell castle on a cold morning.
Bothwell castle dates back to the 13th century and is situated on a strategic bend of the River Clyde 10 miles from Glasgow, Scotland. Bult by the wealthy aristocratic family Walter of Moray (Clan Murray) as a grand statement of status.
It was taken by Edward I (Edward Longshanks, the Hammer Of The Scots), but the Scots besieged Edward's forces for 14 months to retake the castle in 1299. Edward returned with 6800 men in 1301 and eventually retook this strategic base. The English were garrisoned here until their defeat in the Wars of Independence.
The castle would change hands several times in the battles that followed undergoing damage and renewal each time. The castle was abandoned in the 18th century as its size and expense were no longer justified.