philip mowbray


Dalmeny Estate by Phil Crooks

Barnbougle Castle in the mist here was owned by the Mowbray, or Moubray, family, a Norman family who were also lords of Dalmeny and Inverkeithing. The first building was a thirteenth century tower house, constructed by Philip Mowbray.

According to tradition, Sir Roger Mowbray went as a crusader to the Holy Land, and was killed in battle. His faithful hound, still at home in Barnbougle, at that moment began to howl uncontrollably. Finally it died through grief for its master. It is said that its howls can still be heard at Hound Point, half a mile west of the castle, when the night is dark and windy. In another version of the tradition, it is said that when the death of any of the lords is about to take place, a black man with a dog appears on the point, and sounds on a bugle the baron’s death-note. 

The tale is immortalized in the following ballad: 

“And ever when Barnbougle’s lords 

Are parting this scene below 

Come hound and ghost to this haunted coast 

With death notes winding slow”