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Hume Castle

Kelso
Kelso
The Scottish Borders


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Description
Situated more-or-less centrally in the Merse, Hume Castle stands on a prominent mound visible for miles. Constructed in the 13th century, it was the seat of the Humes (a.k.a. the Homes) and conveniently placed to keep an eye on the English border stronghold of Roxburgh, just outside modern Kelso. James II, en route to an important appointment to be blown apart by one of his own cannons in the siege of Roxburgh castle, stayed at Hume. In 1547, Lady Hume (the Humes were the Scottish Wardens of the Eastern March) surrendered the castle to the besieging English only after they started to hang her son in front of her. Finally, after being taken in 1547, 1549, and 1569, the castle - like so many - was destroyed in 1651 by the artillery of Oliver Cromwell's leading poetry critic, Colonel Fenwick, after he read these immortal lines penned by the defiant Governor of the castle: I Willie o' the Wastle Stand firm in my castle; An' a' the dogs in your toun Sanna gar me gang doun. A site of great antiquity band history, commanding incomparable views of The Merse. Winter months key available from large house opposite castle. Admission Free. Opening: 1st Apr - 31st Oct. daylight hours.