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West Southwest View
about 1569 by John Strachan near Dundee, Claypotts is a
wonderful example of the Z-plan Scottish tower (see also
Midmar Castle page). Claypotts was the home of Bonnie
Dundee, who raised an army to support James II. When
James was deposed by William of Orange, Claypotts was
given to the Marquis of Douglas and to his descendents,
including the late Lord Home.
outbuildings have vanished, the defenses of the tower
itself remain formidable. There is no approach to the
castle that isn't in the line of fire from a ground floor
gunport -- which were located among others next to the
entrance and even in the back of the main kitchen
fireplace. There is a slot above the entrance for
shooting or perhaps foul liquids. The cylindrical towers
at opposing corners of the rectangular core are topped
with cap-houses. All the pictures were taken by me (or my
wife in the case of the SW view).
Southwest View with me
of the Lego Model
Built October 1988
of the Lego Model
Built January 2007
I'm fascinated with the liberties I took with my 1988 model - allowing that Lego Group had minimal black roof slopes available then, so the roofs were red,
and that my only window options almost 20 years ago were the very limited Lego windows (red, white and yellow) - the addition and subtraction of
windows to many areas on the 1988 model would never do in 2007! Oh, well - it's nice to be better at whatever we do!
the front of Claypotts -
the West Northwest elevation
of the new model from
the Northeast proclaims the flaws
of the 1988 model: the north side
Southeast view highlights
the back of the tower.
Southwest Tower has
quite a number of small
windows in addition to the
of aerial view gives
more roof and balcony details.
angle displays the
corbelling that supports the
|Here is a
closeup of the balcony
at the SE corner of the central
block with its roundel and drain
spouts. Same on the NW corner.
closeup of the
door with rifle slit above
and nearby gunport to
at Family Discovery Day
at Maroa-Forsyth Grade School, March 24, 2007
Shortly after the holidays I was asked if I might bring a Lego castle to Maroa-Forsyth's Family Discovery Day, a Hands-on Experience which featured
stained glass, marker butterflies, make-your-own sculpture dough, basket weaving, origami, etc. With Claypotts just built - and easy to transport -
I decided to reproduce my 1988 model, and make a staged presentation of the new Claypotts. With 130 kids and their parents, both Judy and I
were kept very busy for the two hours of the Experience.
|Here I am
with the 4 versions of
Claypotts - more or less ready for
for onslaught of grade schoolers.
first and probably last time,
two models of the same castle sit
side by side. It took just over
3 hours to recreate Claypotts 1988!
|I built a
model of just the ground floor
of my new model. It demonstated not
only the thickness of the walls, but gave
life to the finished model as well.
picture shows better Claypotts
ground floor, with its entrance hall,
pair of spiral staircases and four
rooms. See details below:
the only entrance/exit
of the castle. The beginnings of
rifle slit above the door are seen.
picture shows the entrance
hall and main staircase, with doors
to the kitchen and armory visible.
the first of two views of the
all-important kitchen in the SW tower.
The huge cooking fireplace and sluice
basin are prominent...
cook has her table and
utensils which are practically
as important. Note the gunports
and small windows for light...
the kitchen is the
storeroom, with both preserved
food in barrels and fresh fruits
room I've designated the
armory, though in addition to
weapons for protection, several
wine casks entice the residents.
spiral staircase leads
from the armory to the floors above.
(It's a little narrower in reality, but
Lego offers only one size...)
in the northeast tower
is the treasure room - and there
is the Laird enjoying his wealth!
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