Morton Castle is in a quiet, remote, scenic
area, that can be found at the end of a single
1200s - these lands were held by Thomas
Randolph, later the first Earl of Moray,
friend of Robert the Bruce that helped Bruce
become King of Scotland during the Wars of
1200s late - a Castle had been completed on
this high spot with marshland on the north,
east, and south sides.
1357 - the Treaty of
Berwick to release King David II of
Scotland, son of Robert the Bruce, from the
Tower of London, forced the Scots to destroy
thirteen Castles in Nithsdale, including
1400s - the Earls of March gained control of
these lands and rebuilt the Castle.
1400s mid - James II of Scotland awarded
these lands to James Douglas, who became the
Earl of Morton.
1580 - the fourth earl of Morton was
executed after being accused of playing a part
in the murder of Lord Darnley,
husband of Mary Queen of Scots.
Morton Castle and Earldom was then passed to