East View of Blackness Castle
Medium: Ink wash on paper
Blackness Castle stands on a promontory in the Firth of Forth in Scotland. The Village of Blackness was once an important port and the castle was of great strategic importance. The date that the castle was first built is not known but it was burnt down twice in the 15th century, being restored both times. In the 18th century Blackness castle was one of four key castles that were kept manned and at full military strength on a permanent basis. The castle has an unusual shape because of its high enclosing walls and large tower which rises in the centre of the complex.