This is Dundonald Castle which was a family seat of the Stewarts for many years. Recent excavations by Historic Scotland revealed the remains of a succession of settlements and fortifications dating back to the Stone Age. The present Castle was built on the remains of an earlier stone castle built in the 13th century by the High Steward of Scotland as part of the country’s defenses against the Vikings.
My ancestral home Kidwelly is a monument of Norman power and an example of castle development as the castle was often altered on to conform to the latest thinking in military science. Roger, bishop of Salisbury, the justiciar of England, established Norman power in the area and the ringwork castle he built here was one of a series of strongholds designed by the Normans to secure the new conquests of south Wales by commanding the river passes here and at Laugharne, Llansteffan and Loughor.