1640 - a Royalist Garrison was besieged by
Covenanters at Threave Castle during the
Bishops Wars, as Scots fought to prevent the
King becoming head of their Churches.
Damage to the Castle at that time led to it
1800s - Threave Castle was used to hold
French Prisoners during the Napoleonic
1913 - Threave Castle was taken over by
Historic Environment Scotland to be preserved
and to serve as a Tourist Attraction.
2009 - Ospreys began nesting close to the
Castle with an Osprey viewing area close to the
2016 - Peregrine Falcons began nesting in
the Castle leading to the Upper Floors being
closed to visitors during Nesting Months.
Buzzards are also seen in the area, with all
three Birds having about a 4 foot Wingspan, but
there are ways to tell them apart from a
Peregrine Falcons feed on other Birds so can
be seen stalking Birds.
Ospreys feed on fish so can be seen flying
over Water and swooping down to pick up
Buzzards feed on Small Mammals, and have
been known to take small Dogs. They normally
glide slow high in the sky and swoop down on
Prey on Land.
The bottom image is of the Hall with the
Vaulted Ceiling and a Well for when the Castle
was besieged for months.
The Castle had five floors. There was also
around 20 Buildings on the Island and a Small