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Crichton Castle near Gorebridge cc-by-sa/2.0 - © Colin Park -


Crichton Castle can be found on a ridge overlooking the River Tyne in the hills to the south-east of Edinburgh.

The building started in 1370. In 1445 John Forrester of Corstorphine stormed the castle and destroyed its outbuildings. In 1483 the castle was confiscated by James III after William, 3rd Lord Crichton, was involved in a conspiracy against the King. William later escaped to England and the castle was given to Sir John Ramsey, but he in turn was forfeited after the death of James III in 1488 and James IV gave it to Patrick Hepburn, Lord Hailes, in 1488.