Craigmillar Castle Road Edinburgh
CRAIGMILLAR CASTLE EDINBURGH
Craigmillar Castle is one of the best-preserved medieval castles in Scotland. It has a central tower house which is surrounded by a courtyard wall and has a chapel and a do’cot. Craigmillar Castle was built in the late 14th century by the Preston family, Land owners of Craigmillar. Craigmillar Castle is best known for its association with Mary Queen of Scots. She used the castle as a place to rest after illness and after the birth of her son the future James I of England. Mary arrived at Craigmillar Castle on the 20th November 1566 and left on 7 December 1566. In November Bothwell met with nobles at Craigmillar Castle to discuss Lord Darnley. They came up with two options, divorce or assassination. They then consulted with Mary, she ruled out divorce, because it would make her son illegitimate. As for ‘other means’, she said that she wanted ‘nothing against her honour’. The nobles saw this as her agreement to kill her husband and on leaving the nobles signed an agreement to murder Darnley. A pact known as the “Craigmillar Bond” was made, to be rid of her husband Lord Darnley. The garden pond shaped as the initial “P” can still be seen. It was Simon Prestons’ town House in Edinburgh that Mary Queen of Scots spent her last night before she was taken to Leven then on to England to spend the next 19 years in imprisonment before her execution. It was Elizabeth I the cousin of Mary Queen of Scots that had her executed.