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The 1300 siege of Caerlaverock Castle, in Dumfriesshire, is one of the most celebrated incidents in Maxwell history. The castle housed a Scots garrison which harassed English-held Lochmaben, and Edward I went out of his way to take Caerlaverock through a siege. The author of a contemporary Anglo-Norman ballad wrote: "Caerlaverock was so strong a castle that it feared no siege before the King came there...." The defenders of Caerlaverock, in their lack of fear, did not realize that Edward's engineers had built a huge trebuchet which would ultimately bring the castle into his hands. The trebuchet, nicknamed Warwolf, was a terrifying siege machine capable of hurling ninety 200-pound missiles to smash through the castle walls.
- Ben Russell
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- Caerlaverock Castle, Glencaple, Dumfries, Scotland