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The West March of Scotland

The West March of Scotland Map of the West March of Scotland, Boundaries and Generalities. In 1578 The Scots West March consisted of Nithsdale, Annandale and Eskdale along with the tributary valleys of the latter…

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The Middle March of Scotland

Map of the Middle March of Scotland, boundaries and generalities. The Scots Middle March was Roxburghshire, Selkirkshire and Peeblesshire and sometimes “the county of Liddisdaill”, though the last usually had a separate warden or “Keeper”.…

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Woodhouse Tower, Kirtlebridge, Dumfriesshire

The ruins of Woodhouse Tower, Kirtlebridge, Dumfriesshire The ruins of Woodhouse Tower are situated on the opposite bank of the Kirtle Water to neighbouring Robgill and Bonshaw Towers. Only the north wall remains standing to…

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Tarras Moss

The wilderness of Tarras Moss in Liddesdale, Dumfriesshire To the west of Liddesdale, above the Debateable land is Tarras Moss, a wild and windswept expanse of desolate moorland. This was once a place of refuge…

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Stapleton Tower, Annandale

Stapleton Tower, Annandale, Dumfriesshire view from the east This oblong 16th century tower stands three miles north-east of Annan. It consists of four storeys underneath a crenellated parapet, though this is a modern reconstruction probably…

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Staplegordon, Johnnie Armstrong’s Tower-House

The Site of Johnnie Armstrong's Tower-House at Staplegordon, Eskdale, Dumfriesshire The village of Staplegordon about two miles above Langholm, in Eskdale, has long gone. Little more than the kirkyard and a few outbuildings remain now…

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Scots Dike Aerial View

Aerial Photograph of Earthwork called Scots' Dike which marks the Scotland / England frontier in 16th century Cumberland and Dumfriesshire The only section of the Anglo-Scottish Border in the west that does not follow a…

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Scots Dike, The Debateable Land

Scots' Dike earthwork marking Scotland / England frontier of 16th century Debateable Land The double ditch and embankment of the Scots' Dike are still identifiable in parts, though now little more than a low mound…

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Repentance Tower, Annandale

The fortified watch-tower of Repentance Tower, Annandale, Hoddom, Dumfriesshire Repentance is not a tower in the true sense but rather a fortified watch-tower dating from the 16th century. It stands on the summit of Trailtrow…

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Lochwood Tower, Annandale, The Barmkin

Barmkin and outbuildings to the north of the ruined tower of Lochwood Tower, Annandale Dumfriesshire To the north of the ruined 15th century Lochwood Tower, which can just be glimpsed in this view, recent excavation…

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Lochmaben Stone

Lochmaben Stone or 'Lochmabonstone'; 'Lochmabenstane'; 'Clochmabenstane'. Gretna, Dumfriesshire The Lochmaben Stone stands beside the Solway Firth, barely inside Dumfriesshire, about a mile to the west of the mouth of the River Sark. The huge glacial…

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Hoddom Castle, Dumfriesshire

Hoddom Castle, Annandale, Dumfriesshire This large impressive castle stands on rising ground six miles south of Lockerbie on the River Annan. It is a tall tower of unusual design on the L-shape plan. The main…

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