CAV-046 Castledykes Park

The site of the wooden 13th century Dumfries Castle in Castledykes Park. When Robert the Bruce slew the Red Comyn, his rival for the throne of Scotland, in Greyfriars monastery, he realised that he had made a major political error to kill a fellow nobleman while he was in sanctuary. He rode to Dumfries Castle and took it, burned it to the ground and rode to Edinburgh to make his claim to be king of Scotland. A pivotal moment in the wars of Independence.