Galloway: About 1.5 miles east of Kirkcudbright, on minor roads south of B727, just east of the Balgredan Burn, just west of Bombie.
Ruin or site NX 708501 OS: 83 DG6 4QD
Bombie Castle is a moated site, with no remains of what was apparently a large castle.
‘Boniby’ is marked on Blaeu’s map of the middle part of Galloway, although it is given no prominence.
This was a property of the MacLellans, and MacLellan of Bombie supported William Wallace. The MacLellans feuded with the Douglases, and in 1452 Sir Patrick MacLellan was murdered at Threave Castle by the Earl of Douglas. The MacLellans had their revenge by helping to besiege Threave after the fall of the Black Douglases in 1455 and acquiring some of their lands.
In 1466 William MacLellan of Bombie was made Provost of Kirkcudbright, but his son, Sir William, was killed at the Battle of Flodden in 1513. His son, Thomas MacLellan of Bombie, was murdered in Edinburgh’s High Street in 1527 by Gordon of Lochinvar and Douglas of Drumlanrig in a dispute over the marriage of Thomas’s mother. His son, also Thomas, was slain at the Battle of Pinkie in 1547.
In 1569 Sir Thomas MacLellan of Bombie, Provost of Kirkcudbright and son of the above, acquired the lands and buildings of the Franciscan Greyfriars Monastery in Kirkcudbright, and later those of the old royal castle. In 1582 he completed a new tower house in the burgh, MacLellan’s Castle, abandoning Bombie.
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