April A-Z: C is for Castle

Inverness has had a castle of one sort or another on this site since the 11th Century, but this particular red sandstone version was built in the 19th Century and housed the Sheriff Court for as long as I can remember – this is actually where I did my civic duty by carrying out jury service in a court case many years ago. But a newly built Justice Centre has very recently been opened in a new location on the outskirts of town, leaving the castle building free for development as a tourist attraction into the future.

The statue standing outside the castle is of Flora Macdonald, who during the Jacobite Rebellion helped Charles Edward Stuart (the Young Pretender, the Stuart claim to the British throne) escape back to France after the bloody Jacobite defeat at the Battle of Culloden in April 1746 – so exactly 274 years ago this month.

When I was young I used to hear the romantic stories of Bonnie Prince Charlie getting away ‘under the skirts of a woman’ and I always used to wonder how he ever managed to crawl along curled up between a woman’s legs (literally under her skirts) without anyone noticing – it was only years later I realised it meant he actually dressed up as a maid-servant in order to evade capture… Duh! So now every time I see the statue of Flora Macdonald it makes me smile, remembering my youthful naivety…

Oh, and I’ve also included a close up of the main door in honour of yesterday’s Thursday Doors! 🙂

For this year’s A-Z I’m going to take you on a photographic tour of My Inverness, Past and Present. I grew up in the local area, I went to school here and brought up my three children here, but I moved away to London for 18 years before returning home for good at the end of last summer.

P.S. My initial plan for my A-Z posts has necessarily been curtailed somewhat due to the current coronavirus pandemic, but we’ll get through the alphabet one way or another, however creative my use of subjects may have to be – so thank you for visiting Inverness with me, and I hope you enjoy our trip! 🙂

16 thoughts on “April A-Z: C is for Castle

  1. Hi Ruth,
    I’m very excited to find out about your theme for this year’s A-Z Challenge. I love history, family history and the lives led by individuals. That smaller scale of big history is riveting. I have a few Scottish ancestors who were associated either with Inverness or its environs, but unfortunately I’ve never made it to Scotland and have had to use my imagination. So, I will be following your posts with interest.
    I also think it’s good to blog about travel and different places atm with us locked away in isolation. It just gives that sense of being part of the wider world again and somewhere beyond your own four walls.
    I look forward to more to come.
    Best wishes,

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    1. Thanks Rowena, sadly many of my original people-and-public-place-centred ideas for subjects for posts have had to be shelved for the time being, but I’ll just post about them later, once the world returns to whatever normality becomes after Covid 🙂


  2. What great images! I’ve always loved castles – necessarily from a far, as I’m across the pond in America and America doesn’t boast many castles – certainly not with that kind of history! Hurst “Castle” in California is probably the closest one and I’ve never visited it. Thank you kindly for sharing a close up view of some of the wonders of Inverness!

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    1. Thank you – it’s part of a photograph I took of an ordinary bunch of flowers, and then I simply applied an online creative filter for free – I really liked the effect, so there we are! 🙂


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