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Neidpath Castle

Neidpath Castle
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Copyright: Jon Fair (Jonela) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 429 W: 1 N: 457] (3470)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-02-22
Categories: Daily Life, Architecture, HPP [Heavily Post-Processed]
Camera: Sony Alpha A300, Sony 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 Zoom, 55mm CPL Polarizer
Exposure: f/11, 1/100 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): TL Trek February 2009 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-02-23 6:56
Viewed: 2790
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This was taken at the TL Borders meet during the weekend and I have to say thanks to Derek, BJ, Brian, Douglas and Richard for a good day out.
They say Peebles for pleasure and it was for me this shot was taken from the steep slope at the back of the castle.

An early castle was probably built here by Sir Simon Fraser (d.1306) of Oliver Castle between 1263 and 1266, while he held the office of High Sheriff of Tweeddale. The barony of Neidpath was acquired by the Hay family, through marriage to the Fraser heiress in the early 14th century.[1] Sir William de Haya (d.c.1390) probably built the present castle in the late 14th century. It was held by them until the 17th century, although Sir William's grandson, Sir William Hay, married the daughter and heiress of Sir Hugh Gifford of Yester, acquiring Yester Castle, which became the principal family seat, although Neidpath continued to be used.[2] It was visited by Mary, Queen of Scots in 1563, and by her son James VI in 1587.

In 1645, Neidpath was garrisoned against the Royalist forces of James Graham, 1st Marquess of Montrose,[1] although the following year, John Hay of Yester joined the King's party, and was created 1st Earl of Tweeddale by King Charles II.[2] During Oliver Cromwell's invasion of Scotland in 1650, Neidpath was attacked. Mike Salter states that the castle was surrendered without a fight,[1] although other sources suggest that it required the longest assault on any stronghold south of the River Forth to force it to surrender. James Taylor, writing in 1887, states that the 13th-century tower was demolished by artillery during the siege.[2] During the 1660s, the 2nd Earl of Tweeddale remodelled the castle, and constructed outbuidings.[1] The 2nd Earl was an agricultural "improver", who planted an avenue of yews, of which one side remains. However, he was declared bankrupt, and sold Neidpath to William Douglas, 1st Duke of Queensberry in 1686.[1]

In 1693, Queensberry gave the castle to his second son William Douglas, later the 1st Earl of March. His son William, the 2nd Earl, made alterations to the castle in the 18th century. The 3rd Earl inherited the title and estates of the Duke of Queensberry in 1778, and subsequently let Neidpath to tenants.[1] These included the philosopher and historian Adam Ferguson. The castle suffered neglect, however, and by 1790 the upper storeys of the wing had collapsed.[1] William Wordsworth and Sir Walter Scott both visited the castle in 1803. On the death of the Duke in 1810, the castle, along with the earldom of March, was inherited by the Earl of Wemyss, although the dukedom went to the Scotts of Buccleuch.[1] Neidpath still belongs to Earl of Wemyss; the Earl's heir takes his courtesy title, Lord Neidpath, from it.
Source Wikipedia.

shot in raw
one shot conversion in Essential HDR
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and uploaded to tl using pspx1

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Hi Jon

You must have been my shadow when you took this one. I have an identical shot which I thought about posting today.
Not easy to get a good shot of the Castle from this side as the bank slopes away quite steeply.

Regards Derek

hi JON
look like you have been more than Dereks shadow with this i had excatley the same shot ready to post but will have to wait a wee whiley lol this is a nice effort once again well done
regards bryan

hi jon,
excellent view of this fantastic building.
a really nice pov. the slope was quite steep here which has given this a great perspective.
your exposure has been handled well. the sky was not at its best but you have managed to keep it without oe.

have you been looking for a grad filter yet?

Rock on!

good pov, nice sky and good details on the castle stonework.
warm regards

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  • Dot Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1583 W: 40 N: 3488] (13942)
  • [2009-02-24 6:43]

HI Jon
I just saw some of Bryan's shot and now I see how much fun you had during that meet.
Excellent shot of the castle which I am sure was not easy with that slope. It stands stoic and looking rather menacing against that cloudy sky.

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