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  • ID: I10400
  • Name: William de BORTHWICK , Laird of Catcune, Sir 1 2
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: ABT 1362 in Catcune, Midlothian, Scotland
  • Death: ABT 1439 1
  • Note:
    Sir William Borthwick of that ilk. Ambassador to England 1398-1415, granted a charter of the lands of Borthwick, Selkirkshire by the Regent Albany 1410, hostage for safe return from England of James I of Scotland 1421, commissioner to treat for the King's release 1423. married a daughter of Sir Thomas Hay of Lochorwart. [Burke's Peerage]

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    BORTHWICK CASTLE

    Just over a mile and a half south-east of Gorebridge, Midlothian.

    Borthwick castle is one of the most impressive tower houses in Scotland and at a height of 110 feet it is the tallest.

    Complete and largely unaltered during its 580 years, it was built by Sir James Borthwick (later Lord Borthwick) in 1420, on the site of an earlier motte castle known as Lochorwart, granted to him by James I. It is U-shaped in plan and has walls up to 14 feet thick at lower levels. (Note James, 1st Lord Borthwick was son of William & Miss Hay)

    [Note the first Lord Borthwick was William-not James, and another site states it was built by William in 1430]

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    Brief History

    Borthwick Castle is one of the most important historic buildings in Scotland. It is a twin towered baronial keep, built by the first Lord Borthwick (conflicting sources say that is was built by Sir James Borthwick,later Lord Borthwick, in 1420, or by Sir William Borthwick in 1430. Further research is required but I think it was probably built by Sir William, who later became the first Lord Borthwick.)

    One history says that the castle was built on the site of an earlier motte castle known as Lochorwart, granted to Lord Borthwick by James I. Another states that in about 1378 the Borthwicks acquired the Lothian lands of Catcune, but before long they won from the Hays the much richer property of Locherworth and there built about 1430 the majestic Borthwick Castle. Whether the "winning" of the land from the Hays was through James I taking it from them and granting it to the Borthwicks I know not at this stage!




    Father: William BORTHWICK , Laird of Catcune b: ABT 1338 in Catcune, Midlothian, Scotland

    Marriage 1 Miss HAY , Heiress? of Lochorwart b: ABT 1372 in Lochorwart Castle, Gorebridge, Midlothian, Scotland
      Children
      1. Has Children Janet de BORTHWICK b: 1388 in Catcune, Midlothian, Scotland
      2. Has Children William 1st Lord BORTHWICK , Sir b: ABT 1391 in Lochorwart Castle, Gorebridge, Midlothian, Scotland

      Sources:
      1. Title: Burke's Peerage & Baronetage, 106th Edition, Charles Mosley Editor-in-Chief, 1999
        Page: 318
      2. Title: Complete Peerage of England Scotland Ireland Great Britain and the United Kingdom, by G. E Cokayne, Sutton Publishing Ltd, 2000
        Page: IX:135
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