Hermitage Castle, Hawick, Borders, Scotland. Part 1. Sir Alexander Ramsey was starved to death on 1342 in the castle dungeon by Sir William Douglas. Legend has it that Sir Alexander survived for seventeen days by eating small quantities of grain that fell through the cracks in the floor of the castle granary above the dungeon. His ghost now walks the castle grounds. The ghost of Mary Queen of Scots haunts the castle, though there is no evidence that she ever visited it.
Hermitage Castle, Liddesdale, Scottish Borders - Aug 1528: Abt 30 or 40 Crosers & Nixons rode out of Liddesdale & raided Thirlwall Castle & carried off a small herd of cattle & kidnapped one of Lord Dacre's tenants, then headed for home in a casual manner. Dacre & his men set out after them, just as they caught up w/ the raiders; they fell into an ambush when hundreds of armed riders, Armstrongs, Elliots, Nixons & other Liddesdale names fell upon them. Forty of Dacres men were taken prisoner.
Hermitage Castle - Castles, Palaces and Fortresses
Back to my pretend historical family (lol) - My 17 year old son was joined to a Nixon girl in a handfasting ceremony almost a year ago. I suspect that they will be joined for life at the next fair. I am pleased w/ the match as the Nixons of Liddesdale are one of our allied families. Her father is a great raider and has ridden on several forays (raids) with my husband and sons as well as with my brother. (pic: Hermitage Castle and chapel remains - Liddesdale, Scottish Borders.)
Medieval Ghosts and the Haunting of Hermitage Castle...
Hermitage Castle is a semi-ruined castle in the border region of Scotland. It is under the care of Historic Scotland. The castle has a reputation, both from its history and its appearance, as one of the most sinister and atmospheric in Scotland.