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Initially these were wooden motte-and-bailey constructions, but many were replaced by stone castles with a high curtain wall.
During the Wars of Independence, Robert the Bruce pursued a policy of castle slighting.
To get to Niagara Falls, a most popular destination, Torontonians preferred going by steamer across, instead of the train around, Lake Ontario.
To give these ravenous tourists a memento of their excursion to bring back, to show they had "been there," thousands of small china souvenirs were produced in countless shapes, and from thimble size to plates.
By 1906 they had four potterys at stoke , upper hanley ,elgin and winton .
Elements of Medieval castles, royal palaces and tower houses were used in the construction of Scots baronial estate houses, which were built largely for comfort, but with a castle-like appearance.
In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries the military significance of castles declined, but they increasingly became tourist attractions.
The souvenirs also had to appeal to the eye, and appear, at least, to be somewhat utilitarian.
After all this was the generation that had hardly ever heard of leisure time before.