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Kilnsike Tower

Bastle (Medieval)

Site Name Kilnsike Tower

Classification Bastle (Medieval)

Alternative Name(s) Kilnsike Pele-house

Canmore ID 56952

Site Number NT61SW 5

NGR NT 63421 13005

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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

Archaeology Notes

NT61SW 5 63421 13005.

(NT 6342 1300) Kilnsike Tower (NR) (remains of)

OS 1:10,000, (1975).

Pele-House, Kilnsike: This fragmentary 16th century structure stands in a field near Westerhouses. It is oblong on plan, measuring 38ft from NE to SW by 24 3/4ft transversely; the NW wall has been demolished entirely while the others rise no higher than the first floor.

The masonry is unusually massive and laid in clay mortar.

The ground floor entrance is in the centre of the NE gable; no other openings are traceable at this level.

The first floor must have been reached by a forestair rising to the upper entrance that is still extant in the SE wall.

RCAHMS 1956, visited 1932.

Kilnsike Tower is as described and planned by the RCAHMS.

Visited by OS(WDJ) 9 February 1967.


Sbc Note

Visibility: Upstanding building, which may not be intact.

Information from Scottish Borders Council


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