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Castlehill Tower


(Castle Hill of Manor)

A ruined oblong tower-house occupying a rocky knoll on the left bank of the Manor Water in the Scottish Borders, Castlehill Tower (or Castle Hill of Manor) guards a ford over the river, 1½ miles (2.5 km) south southwest of Kirkton Manor and 4 miles (6.5 km) southwest of Peebles.

Most-likely dating from the late 15th century and first recorded in 1555, the tower once rose to four storeys, although only parts of the ground and first floors survive, although it still boasts walls up to 2m (6½ feet) in thickness. The arched entrance leads straight into two vaulted cellars, while a stair to the right, set into the thickness of the wall, led up to the hall on the first floor. The hall was also vaulted and there are traces of a turnpike stair in the NW corner.

The tower was built by the Lowis family who held the property from the early 15th Century. Sold in 1637 to the Veitches, it passed to the Baillies of Jerviswood in 1672. Held in 1703 by William Douglas, the 1st Earl of March, it was sold 26 years later to the Burnets of Barns. Finally, the Tweedies of Quarter acquired it in 1838 but abandoned it two years later.


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