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BLACKNESS CASTLE (continued) [Continued from page 70]
The only events of any note on record have a reference to the history of Blackness Castle an ancient royal fortress which never appears to have been considered of much importance as a military station though by the act of Union it is one of the few fortified places of Scotland that are stipulated to be preserved in a state of repair. In 1548 under the regency of the Earl of Arran the castle was garrisoned by the French whom Henry II Sent over under the Command of Monsieur D'Essé to Support the pretensions which he derived from the matrimonial alliance that was contemplated between the Princess Mary and his eldest son the Dauphin. When Mary of Guise was promoted to be Regent the castle agaain came into the possession of the French but on the 14th April 1560 it was taken from them by the Sheriff of Linlithgow. In February 1571 it was manned with a garrison by Lord Claud Hamilton a zealous partizan of the Queen and it appears to have held in her interest till February 1573 when it was delivered up to the Regent the Earl of Morton along with 50,000 double ducats being the Queens dowry which had been brought from France by James Kirkaldy the preceding month and with the written documents relative thereto. During the occupancy of the Castle by the Queens troops in April 1572 and inroad was made by them upon the opposite coast when the "Spoulzeit" the towns and returned to Blackness [Continued on page 72]

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