How Many Tower-houses were there in the Scottish Borders?
THE CASTLE STUDIES GROUP JOURNAL, NO 25: 2011-12
The question of how many tower-houses there were in the Scottish Borders crops up from time to time, but nobody has yet been able to give a definitive answer. This paper deals with a number of aspects of the subject, and attempts to show why there can be no simple answer. It compares the work of early surveyors and map makers in the 16th and 17th centuries, together with the written records of the period, and tries to explain some of the differences between what was recorded then and what has been learned from more recent research. At the same time, it also tries to clarify the distinction between the different types of fortified houses in the Borders during the later Middle Ages, and why this is relevant to such analyses.