Bothwell Castle

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Bothwell Castle
Bothwell, South Lanarkshire, Scotland
UK grid reference NS688593
Bothwell Castle 20080505 - south-east tower.jpg
South-east tower of the castle
Bothwell Castle is located in Scotland
Shown within Scotland
Type Castle of enceinte
Coordinates 55°49′N 4°05′W / 55.81°N 4.09°W / 55.81; -4.09Coordinates: 55°49′N 4°05′W / 55.81°N 4.09°W / 55.81; -4.09
Built Begun 13th century
Built by Walter de Moravia
Construction
materials
Coursed red sandstone rubble
Current
condition
Ruined
Current
owner
Historic Scotland
Open to
the public
Yes
Controlled by De Moravia family
England
Earl of Douglas
Earl of Angus

Bothwell Castle is a large medieval castle in Scotland. It is sited on a high, steep bank, above a bend in the River Clyde, in South Lanarkshire. It is located between Uddingston and Bothwell, about 10 miles (16 km) south-east of Glasgow. The castle was built in the 13th century by the ancestors of Clan Murray. It was built to guard a strategic crossing point of the Clyde. Bothwell played a key role in Scotland's Wars of Independence. It changed hands several times.