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Darnick Cottage, Little Peel

Tower House (Medieval)(Possible)

Site Name Darnick Cottage, Little Peel

Classification Tower House (Medieval)(Possible)

Canmore ID 55724

Site Number NT53SW 18

NGR NT 5322 3429

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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  • Council Scottish Borders, The
  • Parish Melrose
  • Former Region Borders
  • Former District Ettrick And Lauderdale
  • Former County Roxburghshire

Archaeology Notes

NT53SW 18 5322 3429

See also NT53SW 11 and NT53SW 14.

In the 16th century there were three towers in the village of Darnick (NT 53 34), one of which has completely disappeared. (See also NT53SW 11 and NT53SW 14 )


This may be a reference to the 'Little Peel' which is known from title deeds to have stood on the site of the present Darnick Cottage (NT 5322 3429). A Jeffrey (1864) also notes the existence of two other defended houses at the beginning of the 19 century. One stood in ruins to the east of the 1864 village school. It had strong, thick walls and nearby to the north or north-east were the remains of what appeared to be a large malt kiln. The other stood at the southern extremity of the village and contained the accommodation for stock on the ground floor and that of the humans above.

(Undated) information in NMRS.

No further information regarding the sites of these buildings was obtained.

Visited by OS (WDJ) 30 January 1961


Sbc Note (21 March 2016)

Visibility: This was the site of an archaeological monument, which may no longer be visible.

Information from Scottish Borders Council

Previously also listed under duplicate site NT96SW 510 -CANCELLED. HES (LCK) 11.6.2024


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