Huntly Castle, Scotland ~ we visited this ruin in 2004 and 2008. It was the home of the the Gordons of Huntly. According to Historic Scotland, here is how they acquired it: The Fifes of Strathbogie lost their lands and titles in 1314, after taking the wrong side at the Battle of Bannockburn. The victorious King Robert Bruce granted Strathbogie to a loyal supporter, Sir Adam Gordon of Huntly, in Berwickshire.
Around 1445, Alexander, 2nd Lord Gordon, was created Earl of Huntly. He changed the name of his residence from Strathbogie to Huntly. The Gordons went from strength to strength, and north-eastern Scotland became ‘Gordon Country’. The impressive stone structures that today grace the ancient motte and bailey mirror the rise and decline of this noble family.
This castle was lost to the Gordons when Lord Huntly, a supporter of King Charles I during the Civil War, was beheaded by the Parliamentarians in 1649. His titles were forfeited.
You can read about Huntly Castle and the adventures of the Gordon clan in The Dark Birthright Trilogy (Dark Birthright, Dark Lord, Dark Destiny):