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Lochmaben Castle

The ruined remains of Lochmaben Castle lie on the southern shore of Castle Loch, to the south of Lochmaben in Dumfries and Galloway District Council Area. Thought to have been built by the English, its proximity to the border resulted in it being captured and recaptured on many occasions. A seat of the Bruce family, it is claimed that Robert the Bruce (King Robert I) was born here, a claim disputed on behalf of Turnberry Castle in Ayrshire. Granted royal castle status in 1455, it was rebuilt significantly by James IV although it was finally besieged by James VI in 1588 and has since fallen into disrepair. Much of the dressing sandstone has been plundered, leaving crumbling rubble.


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