Bothwell Castle, Exterior
Medium: Photographic print
“This fine relic of the olden time, which still rears its lofty towers over a sloping bank on the north side of the Clyde, exhibits, even in its decayed state, striking remains of its ancient splendour, and of the wealth and power of its former lords…The great tower at the west end was, in all probability, the keep or stronghold of the castle. In it the stairs which lead to the top – from whence there is a beautiful and extensive view – are still pretty entire. In various parts of the outer walls are carved the coats of arms of some of the ancient proprietors. Three mullets, the device of the family of Murray, lords of Bothwell in the thirteenth century, and a heart and three mullets, that of the Douglases, can still be recognised….Bothwell Castle will ever be an object of great interest, as well as beauty. We cannot enter its hallowed precincts, but we feel ‘we tread upon some revered history’.”
Descriptive letterpress, from 'Photographs of the Clyde'