Aikwood Tower

(Oakwood Tower)

Aikwood Tower
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Aikwood Tower

Restored in 1992 by Lord Steel of Aikwood, Aikwood Tower (also Oakwood Tower) sits 4 miles (6 km) southwest of Selkirk by the hamlet of Oakwood in Ettrickdale. Built in 1535 for the Scott family on land granted by James V, it passed to Murrays, then back to the Scotts, before being sold to Lord Steel to become his home. By the late 18th Century, the tower was no longer inhabited and it continued as an out-building for the adjoining farm. Lord Steel's prize-winning restoration was able to begin shortly after he acquired the property from the Duke of Buccleuch in 1989. The tower is four storeys high with an attic and corner cap-houses, the adjoining byre is used for exhibitions. These include a permanent exhibition describing the life of author and poet James Hogg, the 'Ettrick Shepherd' (1770 - 1835).

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