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Historic Buildings of Roxburghshire, Scotland

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Historic Buildings of Roxburghshire

Historic County of Scotland

Now part of Scottish Boarders

See Historic Buildings of Britain and Ireland - Main Page

Image right - Abbotsford House

The object of this project is to provide information about historic buildings in the county of Roxburghshire, 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.

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If you have information about any of the Buildings mentioned below please share it here. If you have ancestors linked to any of the places please add them to the project.


Full sizes of the thumbnail images can be seen in the Gallery attached to the project or by clicking the thumbnail image. TIP - Use ctrl+the link to open the image in a separate tab, or use "back" to return to this project page) Sources for the images can be found in the image details as seen in the gallery.

Names with Bold links are to Geni profiles or projects. Other links take you to external biographical web pages. Please copy and paste the bullet used - ● - instead of * when adding items to the list.

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


// Abbotsford House historic country house in the Scottish Borders, at the town of Galashiels, near Melrose, on the south bank of the River Tweed. It was formerly the residence of historical novelist and poet, Sir Walter Scott, 1st Baronet who bought it on the lapse of his lease in 1811 of the neighbouring house of Ashestiel. He first built a small villa and named it Abbotsford, creating the name from a ford nearby where previously abbots of Melrose Abbey used to cross the river. Scott then built additions to the house and made it into a mansion, building into the walls many sculptured stones from ruined castles and abbeys of Scotland. In 1830 the library and museum were presented to him as a free gift by his creditors. The property was wholly disencumbered in 1847 by Robert Cadell, (1788-1849), the publisher, who cancelled the bond upon it in exchange for the family's share in the copyright of Sir Walter's works. Sir Walter Scott died in the dining room of his house at Abbotsford on 21 September 1832 and was buried at Dryburgh Abbey (Berwickshire). Scott's only son Walter did not live to enjoy the property, as he died on his way from India in 1847. Among subsequent possessors were Scott's son-in-law,John Gibson Lockhart, J. R. Hope Scott, QC, and his daughter (Scott's great-granddaughter), the Hon. Mrs Maxwell Scott In 1853, Sir Walter's descendants, the Hope-Scott family, added what is now the West Wing of Abbotsford, including the Chapel. They made other changes including better arrangements for tourists visiting those parts of Abbotsford that would have been known and loved by Sir Walter. It is a Category A Listed Building.

● Alemoor Tower

● Allanmouth Tower

● Ancrum House

● Ancrum Peel


● Barnhills Castle

● Bedrule Castle

● Bowholm Tower

● Branxholme Castle

● Brighouse Cleughhead

● Brighouse Tower

● Buckholm Tower

● Burnhead Tower

● Burnmouth Tower

● Byrsted Tower


● Caddroun Burn Tower

● Castleweary

● Cavers Carre

// Cavers House

● Cessford Castle

● Chapel

● Chesterhouse Tower

● Chesters

● Cleerie Castle

● Clessley Tower

● Clintwood Castle

● Cocklaw

● Cocklaw Castle

● Colmslie Tower

● Commendator’s House

● Copshaw Tower

● Corbet Tower

● Crag Tower


● Darnick Tower

● Dastenrigg Tower

● Dawstonburn Tower

● Dinlabyre

● Dolphinston Castle

● Dolphiston Tower

● Drumlanrig’s Tower

● Dykcrot Tower

● Dykeraw Tower


● Eckford Tower

● Edgerston Castle


● Fairnington House

● Fasetsyde Tower

● Fast Castle

● Fatlips Castle

● Ferniehirst Castle

● Fisher’s Tower

● Foulshiels Tower

● Fulton Tower


● Goldielands Tower

● Gorrenberry Tower

● Gray Coat

● Greena Tower

● Grey Peel


● Hallrule Tower

● Harden

● Hartsgarth Tower

● Hassendean Tower

● Hawick Bastle

● Hawick Castle

● Hawthornside

// Hermitage Castle

● Heuchhoushil

● Hillhouse Tower

● Hillslap Tower

● Hilly Linn

● Hindhaughhead Tower

● Holydean Castle

● Horsleyhill

● Hoselaw Tower

● Howden

● Hudshouse Tower

● Hundalee Tower

● Hunthill


● Jedburgh Castle

● John of Copshaw’s Tower


● Kellyly

● Kilgarth

● Kilnsike Tower

● Kilsurd Tower

● Kippilaw House


● Ladhope Tower

● Langshaw Tower

● Lanton Tower

● Lanton Tower (north)

● Lanton Tower (south)

● Larriston Tower

● Lessudden Bastle

● Lessudden House

● Liddel Castle

● Lilliesleaf Tower

● Linton Tower

● Little Peel

● Littledean Tower

● Loch Tower

● Lurdenlaw Tower


● Makerstoun House

● Mangerton Tower

● Marlefield House

// Mellerstain House

- a stately home around 13 kilometres north of Kelso in the Borders, Scotland. It is currently the home of the 13th Earl of Haddington, and is a historical monument of Scotland. The House was built between 1725 and 1778 for [Hon. George Hamilton, afterwards Baillie '''George Baillie'''] (1664-1738) and his wife '''Lady Grisell''' (1665-1746), daughter of '''Patrick Hume''', Earl of Marchmont. George was the second son of '''Charles, Lord Binning''' (1697-1732), heir to the 6th Earl of Haddington, and he inherited the Mellerstain estate when his aunt '''Grisell, Lady Murray''' died in 1759. He changed his name from Hamilton to Baillie as a mark of respect.

○ See Mallerstain - Lady Grisell Bailie
● Mervinslaw Tower

● Minto House

● Moss Tower

● Mossburnford Tower

● Mow Tower


● Nether Larriston

● Nether Riccarton

● Newton

● Northbank Tower


● Old Howpasley

● Old Jedward

● Ormiston Castle

● Overton Tower


● Peel Tower

● Pinglehole Tower

● Prickinghaugh Tower

● Puddingburn Tower


● Queen Mary’s House


● Raesknowe

● Redheugh Tower

● Riccarton Tower

● Riddell

● Riddell motte

● Ringwodhat

● Roan Tower

● Roughlee

● Roxburgh Castle

● Rue Castle


● Slack’s Tower

● Slaidhills

● Smailholm House

● Smailholm Tower

● Spital Tower

● Stobs Castle

● Stone Hill


● Tailleycleuch

// Thirlestane Castle The land has been in the ownership of the Maitland family since 1587, and Thirlestane served as the seat of the Earls of Lauderdale. The castle was substantially extended in the 1670s by the first and only Duke of Lauderdale - John Maitland, 1st Duke and 2nd Earl of Lauderdale, 3rd Lord Thirlestane. Further additions were made in the 19th century. The castle is now cared for by a charitable trust, and is open to the public.

● Thirlestane Tower

● Thorlieshope Tower

● Timpendean Tower


● Wallace’s Tower

● Watties Spindles

● Wauchope Tower

● Ween

● Westhouses

● Whitchesters

● Whithaugh Tower

● Whitton Tower

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