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Biggar, High Street

School (Period Unassigned), Tower House (Medieval)(Possible)

Site Name Biggar, High Street

Classification School (Period Unassigned), Tower House (Medieval)(Possible)

Canmore ID 48652

Site Number NT03NW 23

NGR NT 0432 3788

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


Ordnance Survey licence number 100057073. All rights reserved.
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Administrative Areas

  • Council South Lanarkshire
  • Parish Biggar
  • Former Region Strathclyde
  • Former District Clydesdale
  • Former County Lanarkshire

Archaeology Notes

NT03NW 23 0432 3788.

(NT 0432 3788) Tower House (NR) (Site of)

OS 25" map, (1940).

The Tower or Fortalice stood here. Probably, as it stood in a commanding position, it was a fortified building for the defence of the town, or it may have been a predecessor of Boghall Castle. It was bequeathed to the Rev A Livingston in 1659.

W Hunter 1867.

The Revision Ordance Survey Name Book (ONB) states that it is supposed to be 12th century, the site subsequently being occupied by an inn, a slaughter-house, and a school. On the E side of the present building is a lintel inscribed 'ORD ET LABORD UT FLOREANT STUDID - 1691', no doubt part of the old school.

Information from Revision ONB c 1900 and G Rae, Official Guide to Biggar.

The present building is a dwelling house and appears to be completely modernised although the inscription is still visible above the door on the NE wall.

Visited by OS(RD) 23 July 1972.


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