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Interior. Ground floor, detail of stone with incised ornament.

SC 384506

Description Interior. Ground floor, detail of stone with incised ornament.

Catalogue Number SC 384506

Category On-line Digital Images

Copy of DF 2508

Scope and Content Carved slab, Hollows Tower, Dumfries and Galloway Hollows, or Gilnockie, Tower was built by Johnny Armstrong around 1528 to replace an earlier stronghold destroyed by an English force that year. In 1979, the tower was comprehensively restored and is now a private residence. In reuse as the door-sill of the ground-floor vault is this sandstone slab, which is incised with spirals and a key-like motif. Now worn, the stone probably dates to the second millennium BC. In 1530, Johnny Armstrong, along with a number of followers and relatives, was summarily executed for treason on the order of James V. Deceived by the king's offer of a pardon for their incessant pillaging, the Armstrongs rode to meet James at Hawick. Source: RCAHMS contribution to SCRAN.


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