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Rothesay Castle

Listed under Castles & Palaces in Scotland, United Kingdom.

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On the western side of Scotland are a number of small 13th century castles of enclosure. This one built by the Stewarts is unusual in that the site is low lying rather than a rock outcrop, and there is a surrounding water-filled moat. Later in the 13th century four round towers were added to strengthen it. A chapel was added in the 14th century, plus a gatehouse which was enlarged in the 16th century. The later Stewarts ruled Scotland from 1371 until 1688, and in the 15th and 16th centuries Rothesay was a favoured royal residence.

Written by  Mike Salter.

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