Border Castles and Towers

Ford Castle 

Location:

The castle is only six miles from the border. From the A 697 take the B 6354 to Ford. The castle is signposted.

Map ref: 74 944 375


It was at Ford Castle that the Lady Heron entertained the Scots King James IV before the Battle of Flodden. 
It is alleged that Lady Heronís attractions gave the approaching English army time to prepare for the battle. At the battle, the Scots were heavily defeated. 

There is a bedroom, believed to have been used by the King and communicating by a single staircase with that of the Lady Heron.

Lady Heron spent the time before Flodden trying to arrange for her castle to be spared destruction. James agreed to do this if two of his knights, prisoners of the English, would be freed. The exchange was agreed with Surrey, the English commander, but Lady Heron's efforts were in vain as the castle was burnt after all.

The estate eventually passed from the Herons to the Carrs and the castle is now an education centre and is not normally open to the public.

For more detailed information go to the Ford Castle website: http://www.fordcastle.org.uk/

 


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