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Newark Castle

Newark Castle is a large, ruined tower house standing in the grounds of Bowhill House, in the valley of the Yarrow Water three miles west of Selkirk in the Scottish Borders. In addition to the keep, sections of a gatehouse and wall survive. It takes its name from "New Wark" meaning New Castle, replacing an earlier long forgotten castle on the same site. A quadrangular curtain wall, known as a barmkin, was built around the tower in the mid sixteenth century. Standing in excess of three metres tall with towers projected from its south and east sides, it was constructed as a result of the regular warfare with England during Henry VIII's reign

History of Newark Castle

1423 ~ Newark Castle is granted to Archibald Douglas, Earl of Wigtown. Building of the castle continued for a further fifty years.

1473 ~ The castle is still incomplete when it is seized by King James III in his persuit to destry the Black Douglases. After the fall of the Black Douglases the castle is held by the crown, and given to Margaret of Denmark, wife of King James III.

1547 ~ The castle is unsuccessfully besieged by an English army under the command of Lord William Grey of Wilton. (more in the History section)

Text by Fred Vincent