Dunnottar Fortress Stood against Cromwell’s Army

Dunnottar Fortress Stood against Cromwell’s Army

A fascinating ruined fortress in Scotland, Dunnottar had a strategic role in the history of this country. It is believed that the fortress that can be seen now was built in 1297 by William Wallace, although the initial construction is said to date back to the 5th century.

Later, it became the seat of Earls Marischal. While belonging to many kings and noble families, the Dunnottar has suffered many changes. One of the saddest events in its history dates back to 1595, when a man, John Crichton, was sentenced to death for witchcraft and burned at Dunnottar. Still, this wasn’t the most dramatic moment in its history.

Dunnottar Fortress
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In the 17th century, the fortress played an important role in the history of Scotland, when the small garrison of the Dunnottar was able to stand against a siege by no one else than Oliver Cromwell and his army. The impressive fortress resisted for 8 months, protecting the Crown.

Throughout its history, the fortress has seen many famous battles. This fortress was burned, rebuilt and then burned again, to only be later built once again. It also served with many purposes throughout time. The Dunnottar has been home to the Scottish Crown Jewels. It has been a religious community, but also a terrible prison.

It was visited by many queens and it has been the setting of dramatic escapes. This is why, in the area it is said that the impregnable fortress holds many of the secrets of Scotland. A romantic, ruined fortress, Dunnottar is a beautiful place to discover. Located on a dramatic setting, on a striking headland and surrounded by sheer cliffs, this is one of the most beautiful medieval fortresses in the world.

The fortress is rich in history and offers amazing views of the coast. This the location that producers had chosen for the 1990 movie Hamlet, starring Mel Gibson. Would you like to visit Dunnottar and discover its wonderful history?

References: visitscotland.com; britainexpress.com

Katie Zahel
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