Liddel Castle

Liddel Castle is a ruined castle in Liddesdale, by the Liddel Water, near Castleton in the Scottish Borders area of Scotland, in the former county of Roxburghshire. Liddel Castle is a scheduled monument.[1]

Earthworks are all that remains of Liddel Castle


A motte and bailey castle was built by Ranulf I de Soules in the 12th century after being granted the Lordship of Liddesdale by David I of Scotland. The castle was constructed on a bluff above the east bank of Liddel Water and protected on two sides by the Kirk Cleuch Burn. Liddel castle probably served as the caput of the barony.

During the Scottish Wars of Independence, Edward I of England visited the castle in 1296 and 1298.[2] The castle appears to have been abandoned by the early 14th century.

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  1. ^ Historic Environment Scotland. "Liddel Castle,Newcastleton (SM1716)". Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  2. ^ Coventry 2010, p. 539.


  • Coventry, Martin (2010). Castles of the Clans. Musselburgh: Goblinshead. ISBN 978-1-899874-36-1.
  • Jeffrey, A. (1855-64) The history and antiquities of Roxburghshire and adjacent districts from the most remote period to the present time, 4v, London; Edinburgh, Page(s): Vol.4, 232, Held at RCAHMS D.1.3.JEF.R

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Coordinates: 55°12′05″N 2°46′18″W / 55.2015°N 2.7716°W / 55.2015; -2.7716