CRAWFORD CASTLE-SCOTLAND

             The Crawford Crest and Tartan                

Ed and I walked  through the old Crawford Castle ruins when we visited Ed and family in Scotland in 1999.  The castle ruins are near the town of Crawford, Scotland.     
 
Crawford Castle (photos below) is one of the few castles that have been linked to this
 Clan and is now in total ruins. Situated on the north bank of the River Clyde, the ruins
stand on what is believed to be an old motte and bailey earthwork. The site was originally used as the administrative center for the Barony of Crawford and it is from here that the surname and the Clan were descended from. The castle itself cannot be dated any further back than 1175 but it was believed to have existed for a long time before this, although it cannot be proved or disproved as there are no written records.
Crawford Castle was divided between four generations of the clan with the same name and this was mainly due to marriage, birth and other such occasions. It is also fact that another Scottish Clan, Clan Carmichael were once hereditary constables of the castle. During the wars of Scottish independence the castle was taken over by the English King, Edward I.
The Scots were having none of this, however, and William Wallace stormed the castle 
in 1297 and ejected the invaders. His reasons were more personal though and this was down to the fact that his mother was the daughter of one of the Chiefs of Clan Crawford and it was therefore in his interests to keep the castle within the family.

10 Responses to CRAWFORD CASTLE-SCOTLAND

  1. kay granberg says:

    Our family traced back our family geneology and we are related to the Earls of Crawford.

    • Jim Richardson says:

      My Maternal great grandfather was named William Henry Crawford from Richland, Texas.
      Just checking to see if we might be related or you would have some Crawford family information you would be willing to share.

      • JUNIOR says:

        Hi Jim,
        I’m afraid that the only way we are related is our first names. So far, at least, all of my relations came from the midwest. (Ohio and Pennsylvania, and maybe West Virginia. I was able to trace my ancestors back to James Crawford, who was born in Pennsylvania in 1789, and died in 1858, but now hit a brick wall. I think my first ancestors came from Scotland, but am not able to verify it. Thanks for writing. Jim Crawford

    • JUNIOR says:

      Hi Kay,
      Sorry it has taken 2-1/2 years to reply, I believe all of my relations came from the Midwest. (Ohio and Pennsylvania, and maybe West Virginia. I was able to trace my ancestors back to James Crawford, who was born in Pennsylvania in 1789, and died in 1858, but now have hit a brick wall. I think my first ancestors came from Scotland, but am not able to verify it. If you can trace back to James Crawford (1789-1858) I would very much appreciate any information you could send me. Thank you. Jim Crawford kart32@aol.com.

  2. Tania says:

    This Castle a family history to is very special to me. My Maternal grandfathers last name is Crawford his parents were born and raised in Scotland and moved to England after. With research we have done and finding information from family members about great grandfathers we are traced back to Robert Crawford. I also have the Kinzer side of out family also the maternal grandmother who we traced back to William Wallace. I have been doing about 15 years so ancestry research because I feel it is important to know exactly where we have all evolved from in the world and mine seems to have a pretty impressive background and one to be very proud of…

    • Jim Richardson says:

      My name is Jim Richardson and my Maternal grandfather’s name was William Henry Crawford of Richland, Texas. Just checking to see if we might be related or you might have some Crawford family information you would be willing to share.

    • JUNIOR says:

      Hi Tania,
      Sorry it took me over two years to reply, I haven’t been doing much (obviously) with the web site recently, but getting ready to get busy on it very soon. As I mentioned to Jim Richardson (letter to him below.) I believe all of my relations came from the midwest. (Ohio and Pennsylvania, and maybe West Virginia. I was able to trace my ancestors back to James Crawford, who was born in Pennsylvania in 1789, and died in 1858, but now have hit a brick wall. I think my first ancestors came from Scotland, but am not able to verify it. If you can trace back to James Crawford (1789-1858) I would very much appreciate any information you could send me. Thank you. Jim Crawford kart32@aol.com.

      Jim Richardson says:
      June 29, 2016 at 9:23 AM (Edit)
      My Maternal great grandfather was named William Henry Crawford from Richland, Texas.
      Just checking to see if we might be related or you would have some Crawford family information you would be willing to share.
      Hi Jim,
      I’m afraid that the only way we are related is our first names. So far, at least, all of my relations came from the midwest. (Ohio and Pennsylvania, and maybe West Virginia. I was able to trace my ancestors back to James Crawford, who was born in Pennsylvania in 1789, and died in 1858, but now hit a brick wall. I think my first ancestors came from Scotland, but am not able to verify it. Thanks for writing. Jim Crawford

  3. Jim Richardson says:

    Thanks for the quick response Jim. You never know. We might find a connection somewhere. In the meantime, have a blessed day.

  4. Jenny Fishman says:

    Hi my name is Jenny and I am part of the Crawford family. I would love to get more info. I know the castle was bought right from under all of us . But I would be great if one day we can buy it back to keep it in the family we here the castle belongs to the Crawford Clan. I would love to meet more of my Crawford family 😆.

  5. Hi Jenny,
    Thanks for writing. Unfortunately, I have very little information on the Crawford Castle, and I’m not even 100% sure that it is OUR Crawford castle. My son Ed may be able to provide more information on it, so I’ve forwarded your email to him. Personally, I have no interest in buying back the castle. Cheers. Willard James Crawford

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