Carstairs Castle

Carstairs Castle was a stronghold in the east of Carstairs, a short distance from the current site of Carstairs Parish Church. Now long gone, it dates back to at least 1126 when it was given as a gift to the Bishops of Glasgow.[1] In 1302, at the height of the Scottish Wars of Independence, Cartairs Castle had a garrison of seventy troops made up of ten men at arms, twenty named soldiers and forty footmen, which was greater than most local castles indicating that this was of strategic importance - Lanark Castle, by comparison, had a garrison of around 15 men at the time.[2] The castle is believed to occupy the site of a much earlier Roman fortification.[1]

Carstairs Castle
Carstairs, South Lanarkshire in  Scotland
Carstairs Castle is located in South Lanarkshire
Carstairs Castle
Carstairs Castle
Location within South Lanarkshire
Coordinates55°41′52″N 3°41′19″W / 55.697904°N 3.688639°W / 55.697904; -3.688639
Site history


  1. ^ a b "Carstairs Castle". CANMORE. Historic Environment Scotland. Retrieved 17 December 2019.
  2. ^ "The Carstairs Story". Clydesdale's Heritage. Lanark and District Archaeological Society. 23 October 2011. Retrieved 17 December 2019.