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Druimcoltran Castle, Dumfriesshire

DRUIMCOLTRAN CASTLE Now in a dilapidated and uncared-for condition, this interesting fortalice stands, surrounded by farm-buildings, about a mile-and-a-half N.N.E. of Kirkgunzeon. The building consists of a large rectangular tower, three storeys and a garret…

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Comlongan Castle, Dumfriesshire

COMLONGAN CASTLE SOME eight miles S.E. of Dumfries, on the flat plain of the Solway, stands the well-preserved 5th-century tower of Comlongafl, with a large modern mansion adjoining. It is oblong on plan, measuring 421…

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Closeburn Castle, Dumfriesshire

CLOSEBURN CASTLE CL0SEBURN CASTLE, probably one of the oldest inhabited houses in Scotland, s situated about a mile east of the Nithsdale village of the same name. The castle, which dates from the late 14th…

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Cardoness Castle, Galloway

CARDONESS CASTLE CARDONESS is a massive well-built tower of probably i 5th-century con¬struction, occupying the summit of a rocky mound on the right bank of the Water of Fleet about a mile-and-a-half S.W. of Gatehouse.…

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Buittle Place, Dalbeattie, Dumfriesshire

BUITTLE PLACE THIs typical late 16th-century laird’s house is situated on the west bank of the River Urr about a mile..and-a-half N.W. of Dalbeattie. It lies a short distance from the remains of the old…

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Bonshaw Tower, Annandale, Dumfriesshire

BONSHAW TOWER A 16TH-CENTURY tower, standing on the west bank of the Kirtle Water, about one mile south of Kirtlebridge in the parish of Annan, Dumfries¬shire. The plan is oblong, measuring 361 by 27 feet.…

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Barholm Castle, Galloway

OCCUPYING a lofty situation above that picturesque coast road which runs from Gatehouse to Newton Stewart, and commanding extensive views over Wigtown Bay, this L-shaped tower, dating from the late 16th or early 17th century,…

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Amisfield Tower, Dumfriesshire

AMISFIELD stands some five miles north of Dumfries, in the parish of Tinwald, and is perhaps the most picturesque of the Border towers. Completed in 6co, it reaches the pinnacle of 6th-century castellated architecture, and…

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Reiver Truce Days and Locations

Reiver Days of Truce and Locations The Wardens of opposing Marches agreed upon a day and place of meeting usually on the frontier but sometimes elsewhere. In the west, Dumfries and Carlisle were convenient venues,…

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Reiver Routes

Reiving Routes The following text is from text in the Callendar of Border Papers and dates from the 16th century. It gives an impression of the routes that Reivers may have taken on their raids…

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Battle of Dryfe Sands

The Battle Of Dryfe Sands The Battle of Dryfe Sands, 1593, Lockerbie, Dumfriesshire The Battle of Dryfe Sands, fought on 6 December 1593, was the culmination of the famous and long standing deadly feud between…

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Armstrongs The lost Towers of Liddesdale

Armstrongs; The lost Towers of Liddesdale The Lost Towers of the Armstrongs of Liddesdale, in Roxburghshire, Dumfriesshire and Cumbria The valley stretches from the junction of the rivers Liddel and Esk in the south for…

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Lang Sandie Sculpture at Rowanburn Dumfriesshire

Lang Sandie, Sculpture at Rowanburn, Dumfriesshire Sculpture of a Border Reiver called Lang Sandie at Rowanburn, Dumfriesshire Lang Sandie is a prominently sited piece of public sculpture, standing by the roadside at Rowanburn, near Canonbie…

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