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A New Digger's Guide post!; Hermitage Castle - forlorn & atmospheric
Topic Started: Mar 6 2013, 12:07 PM (538 Views)
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Great Choice Harry, even on a sunny day this place has a real air of Menace

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In 1343 William Douglas kidnapped Sir Alexander Ramsey at Hawick and starved him to death in the cellar of the Hermitage.
In 1566 the Earl of Bothwell ran into Little Jock Elliot a powerful border Reiver and shot him off his horse, standing over him to finish him off Little Jock Lept up and stabbed Bothwell, lucky for Bothwell he survived the revived Little Jocks attack and was trundled back to the Hermitage only to find the Elliot's in charge and had to lay siege to their own castle! One of those days!
More stories in Alistair Moffats book on the Reivers (found in the Vindolanda book shop) or www.birlinn.co.uk

The site is kept by Historic Scotland, Engilsh Heritage members get in free (as well sites on Hadrians wall)

A trip up to Melrose and Smailholm Tower is also worth a trip
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Edited by snowglobe, Mar 12 2013, 01:10 PM.
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On the way up to the Hermitage is the Millholm cross tradition says it was placed there in c1320 by the Armstrong family after one of them was killed at the Hermitage, the place really has a grim reputation.

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