Event Type: Talk
Neidpath Castle and its Lairds

DATE:
Tue 10 January

TIME:
7.30PM

PRICE:
£10, Free for Tweeddale Society Members and Pupils of Peebles High School

DESCRIPTION:

Steve Dube reveals the intriguing history of “probably the earliest and certainly the grandest of the Scottish Border Tower Houses.

“Probably the earliest and certainly the grandest” of the Scottish Border Tower Houses (says the Pevsner Architectural Guide), Neidpath Castle has been home to four inter-related families in its 900-year history, and each left an indelible mark on the history of Tweeddale and Scotland itself.

Its lairds are all descended from the forgotten patriot Simon Fraser, who commanded the small Scottish army that routed English invaders at Roslin and was the last noble to stand by William Wallace.

As award-winning journalist and author Steve Dubé reveals, they include a casualty of Flodden, a renegade who terrorised Tweeddale, a Chancellor of Scotland, a dissolute lecher pilloried by Burns and Wordsworth and a 20th century conservationist, who led the National Trust in Scotland for 50 years and patched up the castle with elbow grease and lime mortar.

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