House & Family History: Blind Harry's story of William Wallace suggests he may have captured Lochleven from the English; the Castle was certainly in Scottish hands when Robert the Bruce came here in 1313 and again in 1323. Robert Stewart, later King Robert II, the first of the royal house of Stewart, was imprisoned by King David II in Lochleven in 1369. Robert II later granted the Castle to Sir Henry Douglas; the Douglases held the castle until the 17th century. It was at Lochleven in 1567 that Mary, Queen of Scots, was imprisoned and forced to abdicate after her marriage to the earl of Bothwell. A month after her arrival, Mary miscarried twins, the progeny of Lord Bothwell.
House Listed: Scheduled Ancient Monument
Park Listed: Not Listed
Past Seat / Home of: Douglas family, 14th century until the 17th century.
Current Ownership Type: Historic Environment Scotland
Primary Current Ownership Use: Visitor Attraction
House Open to Public: Yes
Historic Houses Member: No