1296 - during the Wars of Scottish
Independence, Dumbarton Castle was captured by
Edward I, King of England.
1297 - the Scots under William Wallace
re-captured the Castle, using it as a Prison
for captured high profile English Knights.
Over the following centuries, about 40
different High Profile Scots were put in
control of the Castle to keep the area under
control for the Kings.
1488 - James IV became King after his
followers killed his father James III at the
Sauchieburn, leading to a few attempts by
Scottish Nobles to have James IV
1490s - Dumbarton Castle was being
controlled by John Stewart, Earl of Lennox, who
refused to support King James IV, leading to
the Kings Army laying siege to Dumbarton
Castle, using Naval Gunships to finally capture
1708 - 1746 - the Jacobite
Risings led to Dumbarton Castle being
1746 - the defeat of the Jacobite's at the
Battle of Culloden was the last major
Battle on the British mainland, so Royal
Castles became less important.
1800 - 1815 - the Napoleonic Wars throughout
Europe led to a number of French Prisoners
being held at Dumbarton Castle.
1843 - the last Governor, Lord Lynedoch,
died aged 95, leading to the Castle becoming a