Castles and Tower Houses of the Scottish Clans 1450-1650

Castles and Tower Houses of the Scottish Clans 1450-1650


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Castles and Tower Houses of the Scottish Clans 1450-1650 by Stuart Reid, Graham Turner

With the exception of the key royal sites, such as Stirling and Edinburgh, few Scottish castles were located at strategic points, or were intended to house garrisons required to defend or subjugate towns. Instead they were primarily fortified dwelling houses, erected in an environment of weak Royal authority and endemic feuding between rival clans and groups, in both Highland and Lowland areas. Although some enceinte castles were developed during the 16th and 17th centuries, most defensive construction focused on the tower house, a distinctive vernacular style of Scottish fortification. This book examines the design, development, and purpose of these quintessentially Scottish buildings, and also covers larger sites such as Urquhart and Blackness.

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ISBN-13: 9781841769622
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 03/28/2006
Series: Fortress Series
Pages: 64
Sales rank: 696,047
Product dimensions: 7.22(w) x 9.69(h) x 0.13(d)

About the Author

Stuart Reid was born in Aberdeen in1954. His main focus of interest lies in the 18th and 19th centuries, stemming from his ancestors who served in the British Army and the East India Company and who fought at Culloden, Bunker Hill and even in the Texas Revolution. His previous works for Osprey include the titles on King George's Army 1740-93 (Men-at-Arms 285, 289 and 292) and the British Redcoat 1740-1815 (Warriors 19 and 20). He is based in Tyne and Weir, UK.

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Castles and Tower Houses of the Scottish Clans 1450-1650 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was once a member of wolfclan... i kinda lost track of where it was. Where is it currently located?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Personaly i like all the different clans cause it gives me a varity to choose from and when there are just fifteen members in a clan it becomes a big mess and then the fights start so please just let it be ok? Ok.