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Cocklaw Castle

Castle (Medieval), Well (Post Medieval)

Site Name Cocklaw Castle

Classification Castle (Medieval), Well (Post Medieval)

Canmore ID 55368

Site Number NT51SW 4

NGR NT 5239 1421

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Scottish Borders, The
  • Parish Cavers
  • Former Region Borders
  • Former District Roxburgh
  • Former County Roxburghshire


Reference (1916 - 1938)

Features on OS 6" map (1916-38) .

Desk Based Assessment

NT51SW 4 5239 1421 to 5238 1424.

(NT 5239 1421) Cocklaw Castle (NR) (Site of)

(NT 5238 1424) Castle Well (NR)

OS 6" map (1916-38)

Cocklaw Castle (Site) and Castle Well. Of the castle itself nothing now remains. The small roughly built well, which stands immediately N of the site and separated from it by the drive of the modern house, is apparently not of any great age. Although relatively unimportant, the tower of Cocklaw was the scene, in 1403, of a famous siege by Henry Hotspur which is fully described by Bower in his continuation of the Scotichronicon (Book xv, ch.15). The tower still existed at the time when the description was written, i.e. about 1440.

RCAHMS 1956, visited 1931

Information from Ordnance Survey Index Card.


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