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Historic Buildings of Berwickshire, Scotland

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Historic Buildings of Berwickshire

Historic County of Scotland

Now in Scottish Borders

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Image right - Dryburgh Abbey

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The object of this project is to provide information about historic buildings in the county of Berwickshire, with links to sub-projects for specific buildings as appropriate. GENi profiles of people associated with those establishments can be linked to this project and/or to individual projects where they have been set up.

Historic Buildings of Berwickshire

... in alphabetical order

❊ Indicates an available image in Gallery attached to the project

Including Castles, Abbeys, Manor Houses, Mansions, Stately Homes, Country houses, Estate houses, Courts, Halls, Parks and other listed buildings of historic interest


  • Auld Castle
  • Ayton Castle


  • Bassendean House
  • Bastleridge
  • Belchester House
  • Bemersyde Castle
  • Billie Castle
  • Bite-About
  • Blackadder Castle
  • Blanerne Castle
  • Borthwick Castle
  • Bowshiel Tower
  • Broom House
  • Bunkle Castle
  • Burn Castle


  • Caldra
  • Carfrae Bastle
  • Cawderstanes Castle
  • Chirnside Tower
  • Cockburn Tower
  • Cockburnspath House
  • Cockburnspath Tower
  • Collielaw
  • Commendator’s House, Dryburgh
  • Corsbie Tower
  • Cowdenknowes
  • Cranshaws Castle


  • Dryburgh Abbey❊ - a house of Premonstratensian canons, was founded on 10th November 1150 by Hugh de Moreville. It was burned by the English in 1322 and in 1385. It is again reported as devastated by fire in 1461, and was probably damaged again in 1523. The convent, which consisted of at least sixteen canons in addition to the abbot in 1537/8 was reduced to about twelve canons by 1558. It was erected, along with Cambuskenneth Abbey (Stirlingshire) and Inchmahome priory (Perthshire), into the temporal lordship of Cardross in favour of John Erskine Earl of Mar, in parliament, 1604 and 1606 and by charter, 1610 and 1615. (Information from Letters and Papers of Henry VIII, vols.19, 20) I B Cowan and D E Easson 1976; J Bower 1852; G Robb 1873. Historical novelist and poet, Sir Walter Scott, 1st Baronet was buried here.
  • Duns Castle


  • Edington Bastle
  • Edington Castle
  • Edrington Bastle
  • Edrington Castle
  • Evelaw Tower


  • Fast Castle
  • Ferney Castle
  • Floors Castle
  • Foulden Bastle


  • Gordon Castle
  • Greenknowe Tower
  • Greenlaw Castle


  • Hartside
  • Heugh Head
  • Houndwood
  • Huildie’s Tower
  • Hume Castle
  • Huntly Castle
  • Hutton Castle


  • Kelloe Bastle
  • Kilspindie Castle


  • Ladykirk motte
  • Lamberton Castle
  • Langton Castle
  • Langton Tower
  • Lauder Tower
  • Leitholm Peel
  • Little Swinton Bastle
  • Longformacus
  • Lumsdaine


  • Mains House
  • Manderston
  • Mellerstain House
  • Mersington Tower
  • Mordington Bastle
  • Mordington House
  • Morriston


  • Nisbet House


  • Old Linthill
  • Old Thirlestane Castle


  • Peelwalls
  • Polwarth Castle
  • Press Castle
  • Purves Hall


  • Rathburne
  • Redbraes Castle
  • Renton Peel
  • Reston Peel
  • Rhymer’s Tower


  • Scarlaw Peel
  • Spottiswoode
  • Swinton Bastle


  • Tenandry House
  • The Hirsel
  • The Mount
  • Thirlestane Castle


  • Wall Tower
  • Wedderburn Castle
  • Whiteside Tower
  • Whitslaid Tower
  • Windy Windshiel

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