The image below is of Aydon Castle from
This is one of the finest examples of a
1200s English manor house with the earlist
parts built for Hugh de Reymes in 1296. The
house had to be fortified in 1305, after the
Wars of Scottish Independence, 1296–1328, saw
the Scots gradually take control of Scotland,
and begin raiding Northern England.
The son Robert de Reymes, had fought for
the English in Scotland at the Battle of
Falkirk in 1298, where William Wallace was
defeated by Edward I.
The castle was captured and set on fire by
the Scottish forces of Robert the Bruce in
1315, then attacked by English raiders two
years later, looking to take any valuables
from the castle.
Aydon Castle was again captured by the
Scottish in 1346, this time by the forces of
Robert the Bruces' son David II, during the
second War of Scottish Independence,
The castle was used as a farmhouse from
the 1700s with farm buildings erected within
the outer defensive walls. The last recidence
left in 1966, leading to the building being
restored to its medieval origins to serve as
a tourist attraction.