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Featured Photo ‐ Ruthven Barracks

Posted by on Apr 20, 2018 in Featured | 0 comments

Featured Photo ‐ Ruthven Barracks

Ruthven Barracks, Kingussie     Ruthven Barracks is an imposing example of military architecture, from a time when castles as such had fallen out of fashion, to be replaced by exclusively military fortresses. These barracks built to house English troops in the occupation of Scotland after the first Jacobite rebellion in 1715. The barracks are not the first fortification here; the mound on which they sit was the perch of a castle built in the 13th century by the Earl of Buchan. Later, it was a convenient location from which the English troops could maintain a presence in...

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Featured Photo ‐ Fast Castle

Posted by on Apr 17, 2018 in Featured | 0 comments

Featured Photo ‐ Fast Castle

Fast Castle, Scottish Borders     Fast Castle is a small and little known ruined castle near Coldingham in the Scottish Borders. Sometimes the light takes photographers well of the beaten track, leading us on journeys I find well worth the struggle down little farm lanes. When Fast Castle was build, and by whom, is unknown. It’s mentioned as being used by English troops in 1346, our earliest record of the castle. Over the next 300 years it changed hands multiple times as half a dozen local dynasties rose and fell from dominance in the area. Looking at the castle, situated on a...

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Featured Photo – Hadrian’s Wall

Posted by on Apr 10, 2018 in Featured | 0 comments

Featured Photo – Hadrian’s Wall

Featured Photo – Hadrian’s Wall near Twice-Brewed   Hadrian’s Wall begins, in the west, at Bowness-on-Solway and finishes, unsurprisingly, at Wallsend on the East coast of Northumbria. The wall is impressive even in its ruined state. Even as a low ruin, the regular watchtowers and camps show that it was once a serious fortification. Completed in 128 AD, the wall’s purpose was more to mark the outer boundary of the Roman Empire. Occasional raids from northern tribes did not pose a serious military threat to Roman Britain; at least, not enough of a threat to justify...

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Featured Photo – Castell Dinas Bran

Posted by on Apr 7, 2018 in Featured | 0 comments

Featured Photo – Castell Dinas Bran

Featured Photo – Castell Dinas Bran   What does it mean to be a photographer? It means sitting on a cold Welsh hilltop at well past dinnertime waiting to catch the last flash of sunlight over the ruins of an ancient castle. Castell Dinas Bran was built on the site of an Iron Age hill fort, or so archaeologists tell us. Local folklore contends that Faeries inhabit the hill, making it quite a busy neighbourhood for the little folk. The ruins here pictured were build in the 13th century by the king of Powys, Gruffud ap Madog, during a civil war against his brothers. Before the end...

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