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Dragsholm Castle (Danish: Dragsholm Slot) is a fortification and Noble residence on the Danish island of Zealand. Construction was started by the Bishop of Roskilde in the twelfth century. It was also used as state prison.

James Hepburn, 4th Earl of Bothwell, consort of Mary, Queen of Scots met his end here, as a prisoner for allmost 5 years of King Frederik. He was caught in Norway in 1573 and imprisoned here. He died 1576 or 1578.

There is a mummified body in a coffin at the nearby Fårevejle church, that is supposed to be that of Bothwell. You can meet him in his prison cell in the basement.

It was built in 12th century by the Roskilde bishop. When the building of the castle was completed, it became the residence for both kings and several noble families. Now it is owned by the Bøttger (since 1939) family who has converted the castle into a hotel.

Dragsholm castle is also of Denmark's best known ghost castles.


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