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 South Lanarkshire
Bothwell Castle
Bothwell Castle
Coordinates55°48′34″N 4°05′41″W / 55.8095°N 4.0948°W / 55.8095; -4.0948
TypeCastle of enceinte
Site information
OwnerHistoric Scotland
Controlled byDe Moravia family
Earl of Douglas
Earl of Angus
Open to
the public
Site history
BuiltBegun 13th century
Built byWalter de Moravia
MaterialsCoursed red sandstone rubble

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.