A Little Piece Of History

Welcome to todays lesson on History.

A specific piece of history to be sure but history non the less ūüėČ

Now a little about me will set this post up correctly. My parents are from Scotland and my brother was born in Scotland. I however, was born in Oxford but because I was christened in a Church Of Scotland Church in Scotland I am good with this minor slight on my heritage and can only consider myself to be 100% Scottish.

Well with a name like Cameron McCulloch, I couldn’t really be anything else could I!

So where’s the history? Well the picture you see in the header is of a building known as Cardoness Castle. This is based in Dumfries and Galloway, more specifically Fleet Bay which is about a mile away from Gatehouse Of Fleet and it was the ancestral home of the McCulloch family.

Crazy eh?

Well not as crazy as¬†some of the McCulloch’s who have gone¬†before me; and although I am not completely convinced there is any link between my family name and the originals who owned this castle, freely admitting any link to it would no doubt be tenuous to say the least, but it’s pretty cool to have an old castle sitting¬†there in Scotland that has a the family name in it’s history.

The following piece is taken from Wikipedia and to be honest, I can say it is mostly accurate after checking with the Historic Scotland and Undiscovered Scotland websites:

In AD1220 an old Cardoness Castle was noted in records, when a Nicholas de Kerdenes and his wife Cicely were in dispute with the monastery at Dundrennan over Cicely’s dowry – the litigation went on for over 20 years. Nicholas was probably descended from one of a number of Anglo-Norman lords who were persuaded by the King of Scotland to settle in the area in an attempt to reduce the power of the Lords (King) of Galloway (MacDowalls). The newcomers were well advised to build strong castles and many of these fortresses survive.

In AD1277 Bertram de Kerdennes was a witness to a charter by King Alexander III (reigned 1249-1286)confirming a grant by Devorguilla de Balliol ( step-sister of Thomas of Clan MacDowall of Garthland Stoneykirk Wigtownshire ) to Glasgow Cathedral and in AD1282 Sir Bertram de Kerdennesse was a witness to the surrender by Robert de Campania to Devorguilla, of all his lands in Borg (Borgue, Stewartry of Kirkcudbright).[1] note: McCulloch of Ardwell, Stoneykirk, Wigtownshire was a neighbour of McDowell of Garthland, Stoneykirk.

On 18 June 1342 Sir Malcolm Fleming had a charter of the lands of Kerdones (Cardoness), in Galloway, from King David II in excambion for the lands of Mochrum which the King had formerly given him, and three other charters from said monarch of the lands of Lenzie, Kilmaronoch, and the barony of Dalliell in free warren, the lands of Rinnes of Wigtown, and the lands of Sithboger in the barony of Lenzie forfeited by Thomas Balcasky. He married a lady whose Christian name was Marjorie, to whom cloth and furs were given by the King in 1329. Malcolm Fleming, the King’s esquire, and Marjorie his wife, the King’s nurse, died about 9 November 1343, and there is a note of a charter of lands in the sheriffdom of Dumfries to Malcolm Wallayis (Wallace), said to be resigned by Marjorie Fleming, Countess of Wigtown, foster-sister to King David II, but this was probably her daughter Marjory. The Scots Peerage VIII:520-522]

Tradition asserts that in the 15th century an heiress of the de Kerdernes family married a McCulloch (from Wigtownshire)) and tells a grim and dramatic tale of how she became the last of her race.[2] “A certain laird of Cardoness, having exhausted his resources in the building of his castle , joined a band of Border thieves and amassed considerable property by plunder. During twenty years of married life his wife had borne him nine daughters; but this did not satisfy his now increased anxiety to perpetuate his name, and he threatened his lady that, unless at her approaching confinement, she produced a son, he would drown her and all her nine daughters in the Black Loch and look out for another wife. The probability of his carrying out this threat was not doubted for a moment, and hence great was the joy of the lady and her neighbours when she actually presented her husband with a boy. It was now midwinter (c.1395) and the lake was firmly frozen over so the Laird announced his determination of giving a grand fete on this same Black Loch. In accordance with his orders, on a certain Sunday, his whole family was there assembled, excepting one daughter, who was unable to join the party(some versions of the story state that she was attending her mother at home). The revels were at their height when, suddenly the ice gave way, and the old “de Kerdernes” was plunged himself into the dark waters, and perished miserably with all his family, only excepting the one young lady, who, having thus narrowly escaped the same fate, shortly after, married one of the McCullochs”.

Cardoness Castle is a well-preserved 15th Century tower house, in Anwoth Civil Parish area, just south west of Gatehouse of Fleet, Kirkcudbrightshire, Galloway south west Scotland owned by the MacCulloch family of Galloway also known as the MacCullochs of Myreton, Wigtownshire.[3][4]

By 1628 Cardoness belonged to John Gordon Clan Gordon, head of a family with whom the McCullochs had long feuded. In 1690 Sir Godfrey McCulloch shot dead John Gordon’s son, William Gordon. Sir Godfrey escaped to France, but was spotted in Edinburgh in 1697 and beheaded on the Maiden, the Scottish equivalent of the guillotine.

Cardoness Castle passed through the hands of a number of owners before being placed in State care in 1927.

Today it is cared for by Historic Scotland.

Absolutely crazy hey? What is more amazing is the fact that I drove back from Ireland once and ended up driving past the doorstep of this old building before I really knew it had anything to do with me. Regardless of this though, I stopped the car, got out and took this picture.


And who would have thought it’s history could possibly be linked to mine…!

FOOD DIARY:Friday 28th August 2015

Qty Measure Food Calories (gr) Protein (gr) Carbs (gr) Fat (gr)
Breakfast  2  42gms  Rye Bread Toasted  160  5.8  29.9  2
Lunch  3 Mini Muffins Egg, Cottage Cheese and Ham Mini Muffins.  390  54  12  12
Dinner  2  75gms  Pork Loins  405  28  0  30
 1  70gms  Green Beans  22  1.4  2.1  0.3
 1  100gms  Piri Piri Mushrooms  35  2.5  5.0  0.2
 1  135gms  Baby Pearl Potatoes  108  2.1  20.8  0.4
Snacks  2  400mls  Tea  11.8  0  0.8  0
Totals 1131.8  93.8  70.6  44.9
Water  3  500mls  Mineral Water  0  0  0  0

Food was good with nothing naughty to report (mind you check out the calories and fat in the little pork loins!) and I should have really had a couple of eggs with my toast (this was the plan until the larder¬†revealed a severe lack of eggs…) so the good intentions were most definitely there!

Yesterday I was back to full strength training and was at the gym pushing myself once again and enjoying every minute of it. I again started with the Cardio training and even though the totaliser of the H7 screenshot doesn’t show it, I did do my work on the Cross Trainer and Stepper but pressed the wrong button at the end of the two exercises and deleted the data! So even though the H7 says that I recorded 954 calories burned we should also add in the deleted amount (typically about 130 calories) which would mean I was just under the 1100 calorie burn total.

Strength training as ever was as such…

  1. 2 x 30 Reps 35kg Abductor machine
  2. 2 x 30 Reps 35kg Adductor machine
  3. 2 x 30 Reps 35kg Abdominal Crunch machine
  4. 2 x 30 Reps 35kg Lower Back machine
  5. 3 x 30 Reps 25kg Cable Row
  6. 2 x 30 Reps 20kg Chest Press
  7. 2 x 30 Reps 35kg Pec Deck
  8. 3 x 30 Reps 22.5kg Tricep Pull Down
  9. 3 x 30 Reps 8kg (each arm) Bicep Dumbell Curl
  10. 3 x 30 Standing Oblique 20kg Barbell Twists (15 each side)
  11. 3 x 30 Standing Russian Oblique 20kg Barbell Twists with 5kg extra load(15 each side)

This actually boosted the total because the H7 measured my heart rate to consuming a higher than usual 426 calories.


After this gym work out, Archie and I went for a walk along a usual route but again did a good job of battering it into submission recording some good pace figures along the way.


Here’s a quick pic of the little fella for those of you who have a soft spot for him… ūüėČ


So all of the above along with a few trips out and about meant an excellent Jawbone reading of over 11,000 steps so happy days on the activity front all over!


Today I am planning a walk if my partner in crime feels up to it so please be expecting another Archie The Dog related post in the morning, but if not then I will definitely be reporting on one in Tuesday’s blog….

‘Till Tomorrow,

Stay out of the fridge.

9 thoughts on “A Little Piece Of History

  1. edmooneyphotography says:

    Cracking history there Cameron, might be worth looking into a bit further, whom knows you might be entitled to claim the Castle for yourself ūüôā

    I got one in particular, it was the family seat on my mothers side, but sadly its in complete ruin. Hoping to head over next summer and have a look at it ūüôā

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  2. Julie says:

    I can’t believe it, I follow your blog and having been away on holiday I am just catching up on your week. So where have I just been, a stones throw from cardoness castle,! we have a holiday home on the beach Sandgreen, Gatehouse of Fleet. I posted a pic on my last blog of the view from the chalet. Really enjoyed reading the history, thanks

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