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The Dungeon, Edinburgh Castle

Sandra Cockayne

Low Row, United Kingdom

Artist's Description

These were the sleeping quarters of the Prisoners Of War who were held here at Edinburgh Castle.
Over the centuries, the castle was used to hold state prisoners, and sometimes to put them to death.
In medieval times, common criminals were thrown into dungeons beneath the castle.
- Prisoners brought here in later years include enemy soldiers and sailors, pirates, traitors and women accused of witchcraft. Public executions – by hanging, beheading or burning – were held on Castle Hill, now the Esplanade, during the 16th century.

- In the 17th century, when the Covenanting movement seriously threatened royal authority, the castle became infamous as a place where torture was practised.

- Foreign prisoners of war were brought to the castle at various times. French, Dutch, Spanish, Irish, Italian, Danish, Polish and American troops were held here during the Seven Years War (1756–63), the Napoleonic Wars (1803–15) and the American War of Independence (1775–83).
Information kindly sourced from The Edinburgh Castle web site.


Sony A200.
Sony 18-55mm lens.
Psuedo HDR in Dynamic Photo HDR Editing Programme.

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