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Castle of St John survives a late-night drama

The height of the emergency

SINCE the early 1500s, the Castle of St John has watched Stranraer's dramas play out before its mighty walls. And last night it had a bit of a drama of its own... Sources tell us an alarm was heard sounding inside around 10pm. Two Scottish Fire and Rescue pumps and police attended. Thorough checks were made, including placing a ladder against the castle walls to get a good look at the interior, and allows in the end well. The Castle of St John, now operated as a museum by Dumfries and Galloway Council, is a medieval tower house, thought to have been built around around 1510 by the Adairs of Kilhilt, one of the most powerful families in Wigtownshire. Nina Adair, a key laird, is said to have been behind the building of the castle, which dominated the hamlet of Stranraer. In time Stranraer grew and the castle was penned in behind a warren of streets. Over time, many buildings were removed once again allowing the castle to dominate the town centre. Over the centuries it has been a family home, a courthouse, a military garrison and a prison.

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