1271 - Robert Bruce married Marjorie -
Countess of Carrick from Turnberry
Castle. The Bruce Clan then made Turnberry
in Carrick / Ayrshire their main home. Bruce
and Marjorie had five sons and five daughters,
one being Robert the Bruce, future King of
1298 - the original Castle at Lochmaben was
captured by Edward I of England. Edward then
had the second, larger Lochmaben Castle built 1
mile southeast by Castle Loch. The original
Castle was abandoned at that time.
1299 - the new Castle managed to hold off an
attack by Robert the Bruce during the First War
of Scottish Independence.
1306 - Robert the Bruce captured the Castle,
but it was retaken by the English soon
1314 - the Castle was retaken by Bruce after
the Scots defeated the English at the Battle
of Bannockburn, the Battle that led to
1333 - the English took control of the
Castle again during the Second War of Scottish
Independence, a War to try and overthrow David
II, son of Robert the Bruce.
1357 - the Treaty of Berwick ended the
Second War of Scottish Independence with David
II retaining the throne of Scotland.
1385 - the 3rd Earl of Douglas took control
of Lochmaben Castle after removing the English
that had held on to the Castle.
1455 - James II took control of the Castle
after his War with the Douglas . The Douglas
were accused of trying to overthrow the King so
they could control Scotland themselves.
1542 - the Scots Army of James V used the
Castle in the lead up to their victory over the
English at the Battle of Solway
1565 - Mary Queen of Scots stayed at the
Castle whilst on one of her many Tours.
1588 - The Maxwell's took control of the
Castle as they set about trying to overthrow
1588 - James VI captured the Castle from the
Maxwell's. David Maxwell and five others were
hung in front of the Castle gates.
1603 - James VI became King of England and
Scotland, leading to peaceful times. Lochmaben
Castle fell into disrepair from this time. The
Ruins are now a popular Visitor Attraction.