Photographer's Note

Hello Everyone,

My photograph, today, reveals the fragmentary remains of Dunbar Castle. I chose this as it included the character of Dunbar, too.

The castle overlooks Dunbar and are the remains of what was once one of the mightiest castles in Scotland. The ruins are in a dangerous and precarious state and access has not been allowed since part of them collapsed into the sea in 1993.

Defences were built on this rocky outcrop by the Votanidi tribe during the Romans' excursions into Scotland and it was a Northumbrian stronghold in 650AD. It was later a Pictish fortress until captured by the Scots under Kenneth MacAlpin in 849AD. The first stone castle was probably constructed by the Earl of Dunbar in the 1070s.

It has been attacked and defended countless times, being built and rebuilt many times.

On 24 April 1567 Mary Queen of Scots was brought to Dunbar Castle by the Earl of Bothwell after his abduction of her, and the two later returned to the castle after their marriage on 15 May. After the Queen's subsequent surrender and abdication, the Scottish Parliament ordered the destruction of a castle that was so strong its possession destabilised the balance of power in Scotland.

The final indignity for Dunbar Castle came with the construction of the Victoria Harbour in 1844. A new entrance for Dunbar's harbours was blasted through the end of the rock on which the castle ruins stood: indeed, the process of firing explosives by electricity was invented especially for the job. - copied from Undiscovered Scotland

The thought of a castle held romantic ideas for me, even though I knew it was very ruined.

Anyway, I thought it had to be included in my images from Dunbar. I hope you felt they were worth sharing, too.
I will add some closer views of the castle as workshops.

Thank you for your interest Bev :-)

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Additional Photos by Beverley Robinson (Royaldevon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8251 W: 345 N: 19045] (75330)
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