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Coxton Tower

Tower House (Medieval)

Site Name Coxton Tower

Classification Tower House (Medieval)

Canmore ID 16525

Site Number NJ26SE 12

NGR NJ 26187 60751

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Moray
  • Parish St Andrews-lhanbryd
  • Former Region Grampian
  • Former District Moray
  • Former County Morayshire

Archaeology Notes

NJ26SE 12 26187 60751

(NJ 2618 6075) Coxton Tower (NR).

OS 6" map, (1970).

For house of Coxtontower (NJ 2614 6071) and Mains of Coxton (NJ 2591 6056), see NJ26SE 104 and NJ26SE 105 respectively.

Coxton Tower is an example of a 14th or 15th century-style tower-house built in the 17th century. Alexander Innes, who died in 1612, may be regarded as the founder of the tower which was completed by his grandson.

It contains four vaulted storeys and measures about 23ft square over walls 4ft 6ins thick. The main entrance, in the S wall, is 9ft above ground level. A stone forestair has been added. Over the main door is a heraldric panel with the initials and date RI 1644 AI. (W D Simpson 1948).

The S and E sides were probably enclosed with a courtyard wall of which no trace remains (D Macgibbon and T Ross 1887-92).

D MacGibbon and T Ross 1887-92; W D Simpson 1948.

Coxton Tower, as described, was last occupied about 1900.

Visited by OS (R L) 28 January 1972.

Architecture Notes


S.N.P.G. National Art Survey - 2 sheets

Scottish Record Office:

The Duchess of Gordon's Summer house at Coxton Hill

Paint and plasterwork.

Work at Coxton Hill included in an account of #1033.14 from Philip Robertson, plasterer.

1779 GD 44/Sec 49/Bundle 15


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