Land of the Black Douglas

In Scotland at the moment and in that green forested part of it known as Galloway,which despite its romantically bucolic appearance has a history of fierce raiding lords like the Black Douglas,whose stronghold was at Castle Douglas,only a few kilometres away. Eventually he was brought to heel by James II of Scotland(this was in 15th century) and his land redistributed amongst other lords. We went to one of those places, at Orchardton–the very fortified tower showed the area wasn’t quite pacified!

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