DescriptionThomas Plantagenet, 2nd Earl of Lancaster was a cousin of King Edward II. The barons distrusted the king's "excessive relationship" with Piers Gaveston, and Thomas was one of those who engineered Gaveston's execution. He began construction of Dunstanburgh in 1313, just before Edward was defeated by Robert the Bruce at Bannockburn in 1314. After Lancaster had been involved in the banishment of another royal favourite, Hugh Despenser, the king finally took revenge, and Lancaster was executed in 1322. By then Dunstanburgh was almost complete. At the end of the 14th century, Dunstanburgh passed into the hands of John of Gaunt, the influential uncle of Richard II. who became king at the age of ten. He altered the castle with a new gatehouse and living quarters.
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