Crawford Castle
Crawford Castle
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Camps Road Located on the north bank of the River Clyde, Crawford ML12 6TP Skotland

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Erik W
Willenhall, UK11 bidrag
Familierejse
When I visited there was a storm blowing through which added even more character to the ruined tower! Parking isn't plentiful and there's no information about the ruin when you arrive, nor is there any once you've walked through the field. This does distract a little but doesn't really diminish the ruin's charm.
Skrevet d. 13. marts 2022
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neil f
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I used to live in the house and it’s not a Crawford Ancestral home it’s just a house called Castle Crawford that was built from the ruins of the castle across the road in the 18th century. The castle ruin across the road is Tower Lindsey and was originally a part of the Crawford family possessions.
For true ancestral homes look at Auchinames Castle, Renfrewshire, Craufurdland Castle, Ayrshire, Almond Castle, Linlithgow and Loudoun Castle, Ayrshire
When we lived there people used to walk in thinking it was they’re ancestral home, which it wasn’t and could get quite upset when we told them it was not and to get out.
Skrevet d. 4. juni 2021
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ElaineRy
Otterburn, UK218 bidrag
Par
Free, open access through a gate. Can walk around, outside and inside the ruins. Built up above the nearby river. Ruined walls seem to be of various dates. No interpretation boards. Generally - atmospheric but not instructive.
Skrevet d. 15. januar 2019
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deniselouise
Philadelphia, PA33 bidrag
Venner
I've been wanting to find Castle Crawford since I first heard about it 20+ years ago. It may be falling down, but I still call it "my castle." It's amazing to think my ancestors walked there, lived there, and built their home on this little hill.

There is a wire fence along the road that would be easy to hop over, but my travelmates discouraged that idea. Being August the grass was at least knee-high with lots of thistle and other vegetation. It was beautiful.
Skrevet d. 20. august 2017
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eastender81
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Familierejse
Visted the town of Crawford to tick of my dad's bucket list and to stand in the ruins of Crawford castle was breath taking
Skrevet d. 20. februar 2016
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danielle m
San Francisco, Californien32 bidrag
Although our ancestors were probably not the ones who lived in the castle, we enjoyed going back to see our original clan site. Pretty remote but we found it and are glad that we took the time to visit and take photos.
Skrevet d. 8. januar 2016
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Rantin rover
Biggar, UK8.443 bidrag
Alene
There has apparently been a motte at this site since the 12th Century which would probably have taken the form of a raised mound with a wooden fortification on top. The stone ruins which exist today are thought to date from around the 16th or 17th Century.

The original castle dates back to a time when Thor Longus of the Merse was Overlord of the Barony of Crawford and it is thought that his descendants were the first to use the family name Crawford. He was of Danish decent and had been granted lands in Scotland by King Malcolm III of Scotland in recognition of this support during war and these included the Barony of Crawford.

The site was important as it guarded a main route between Scotland and England, a fact not lost on the Romans, who earlier between 80 AD and 170 AD had built a series of forts on ground across the present day road from the Castle (near Crawford Castle House and opposite the abandoned cottage) to allow them to patrol their road which they had established nearby, east of the Castle ruins. The third incarnation of their fort occupied a 2.7 acre site. There are also many hill forts pre-dating the Romans which exist in the surrounding hills, three alone on Castle Hill off Camps Road. Today the main motorway and West Coast Train Line pass either side of Crawford village showing the route’s continuing popularity.

The current day ruins are accessible from Crawford village by turning off the main street near the former Post Horn Hotel (now residential) where a junction is marked by a tall stone monument/cairn.
Cross the bridge over the River Clyde and continue for about ½ a mile where there is a small layby for a few cars. The Castle is just beyond here, past the abandoned cottage on the right, accessed through one of several farm gates into the field.

At the time of my visit the ground was a bit uneven, a little overgrown, littered with pieces of timber and there were even a few trees growing out of the motte in the interior of the ruins. It is almost surprising that some of the tall walls remain as these look in a perilous state and most sections are not supported by adjoining structures. There are good views to the south over the River Clyde, towards Crawford village and beyond where wind turbines dot the hillsides. Despite the lack of a hard hat (I don’t think it would provide much protection!) I was able to wander around the ruins. There is clearly the remains of a vaulted basement and you can see where windows and doors would have been. In a eerie moment when I was standing in the middle of the ruins the birds in the rookery above were signalling their displeasure and their cawing was echoing around. I almost expected the Grim Reaper to appear from the shadows! Who knows there are maybe tales of murder and mayhem from days gone by.

What is known is that the Castle passed into the hands of the Lindsay family in 1215, together with other parts of the Barony of Crawford, when John Crawford’s daughter married William Lindsay at which point it temporarily changed name to Tower Lindsay; it was captured from them in 1297 by William Wallace during the Scottish Wars of Independence; and by the 1530’s James V of Scotland used it as a hunting lodge! Subsequently by the end of the 18th Century it had become a farmhouse before it was abandoned. Some of the materials from the Castle were then used to build Castle Crawford House and a stone marker is visible on the walls of that building dated 1649. When I visited the house was in the midst of being restored for private use and I was able to have a walk around the farm steading. The cottage near the Castle has been abandoned and was full of assorted household junk when I was there.

Surprisingly the Castle (and other sites) are almost a forgotten part of our history and of particular interest to the Crawford family.

http://canmore.org.uk/site/47407/crawford-castle
Skrevet d. 27. maj 2015
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