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Foulden Bastle

Bastle (Medieval)

Site Name Foulden Bastle

Classification Bastle (Medieval)

Canmore ID 60080

Site Number NT95NW 6

NGR NT 9198 5552

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Administrative Areas

  • Council Scottish Borders, The
  • Parish Foulden
  • Former Region Borders
  • Former District Berwickshire
  • Former County Berwickshire

Archaeology Notes

NT95NW 6 9198 5552

(NT 9198 5552) Bastle (NR) (Ruin)

OS 6"map, Berwickshire, 2nd ed., (1908).

There is now no trace of Foulden Bastle whose last remains were removed c 1835. Some stones, two skews of a gable with faces roughly carved on the under side, and a much weathered stone bearing a Scotch thistle, are set in the wall of one of the farm buildings. Its last occupant was George Ramsay, a well-known Border robber who died in 1592 (see NT95NW 14)

RCAHMS 1915, visited 1908; Name Book 1856.

The detail shown on the OS 6"map, 1908, is the remains of a dovecot; the remains incorporated in farm buildings referred to by RCAHMS are at NT 9199 5545. Although no confirmation was obtained during field investigation, a strong promontory to the west of the dovecot would seem a probable site for this Bastle.

Visited by OS(JLD) 12 January 1955.

RCAHMS and Dowson confirmed, although the dovecot was demolished c 10 years ago. An accurate site for the bastle could not be ascertained.

Visited by OS(RD) 13 August 1970.

Listed

RCAHMS 1980.

Activities

Field Visit (4 August 1908)

164. Foulden Bastel.

Immediately to the east of Foulden Bastel steading, on the edge of a ravine, is the site of Foulden Bastel. No trace of building remains, but some stones, two skews of a gable with faces rudely carved on the under side, and a much weathered stone bearing a Scotch thistle, are set into the wall of one of the farm buildings.

RCAHMS 1915, visited 4th August 1908.

OS Map: Ber, xvii. NE.

Sbc Note

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

Information from Scottish Borders Council

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