Blackness Castle – Ink and watercolour in a Watercolour Moleskine

Thai castle dates back to the 15th century and was built for the Crichton family. In its time Blackness has been used as a garrison for troops, a prison and an ammunition depot. Its peculiar shape – it’s long and tear dropped outline, when viewed from above, gives it the name, “The ship which never sailed”. It is said that Admiral Crichton offered to build a ship for King James, which could never be sunk and the castle was the result. Under the terms of the treaty of 1707, blackness is one of the few castles which must be kept in working order for the good of the country.

The castle sits on the south side of the River Forth, just west of the two Forth Bridges. Because of its exposed location it takes a hammering from the gales which sweep up the estuary and it must have been a bleak place to be garrisoned to. These days it is managed by Historic Scotland.